- Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Justin B. Biddle, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy, received a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Physics from the University of Dayton in 1999 and a PhD in the Program in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. Before arriving at Georgia Tech, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Bielefeld University in Germany. His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on fields such as philosophy of science, bioethics, environmental ethics, philosophy of food, the ethics of emerging technologies, and science and technology policy. Two main foci of his research are the role of values in science and the epistemic and ethical implications of the social organization of research. A particular focus is the epistemic and ethical implications of current intellectual property and licensing policies in science, especially in biomedicine and agricultural biotechnology.
Chapter – July 2017
Journal Article – March 2016© 2016 by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Recent philosophers of science have not only revived the classical argument from inductive risk but extended it. I argue that some of the purported extensions do not fit cleanly within the schema of the original argument, and I discuss the problem of overdiagnosis of disease due to expanded disease definitions in order to show that there are some risks in the research process that are important and that very clearly fall outside of the domain of inductive risk. Finally, I introduce the notion of epistemic risk in order to characterize such risks.Perspectives on Science. 24. Issue 2. 192 - 205. ISSN 1063-6145. DOI 10.1162/POSC_a_00200.