By Shane Fitzgerald
Over the last few years, a number of developments in the United States’ national security debate have held important ramifications for academic social science. This paper considers these developments in light of the historical relationship between the American military and social scientists, and outlines the controversy over the ‘arming’ of social science with specific reference to two new initiatives. It concludes that while researchers must always strive to maintain objectivity and preserve integrity, sometimes ethical imperatives demand complicity with armed forces whose goals and policies one might repudiate.
This article by Shane Fitzgerald was published originally in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 1 (2008). Click here for the complete article.
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