A Global Resource
Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins
Chapter 4: Choosing freedom: ethical governance for responsible research and innovation
In this chapter I provide an overview of the concept of responsibility which advocates the overcoming of its usual fragmentation by connecting its overall sense to the objective it is called to protect and develop, freedom. By proposing a social understanding of individual freedom, I suggest that a similar, complex understanding of responsibility can protect it from misleading or malevolent usages. I then integrate such theoretical features into an ethical and pragmatic governance framework aimed at increasing social engagement through communicative means. This enables us to think of a conception of responsible research and innovation (RRI) as the immanent actualization defining what and who counts as responsible in the overall promotion of freedom(s).
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