An Alternative to Academic Boycott
Benatar, Solomon R.
Nature. 1990 Feb 8; 343(6258): 505-506.
A South African physician explores the moral validity of academic boycott as a strategy to pressure the South African government to change its discriminatory policies. A well organized and widespread boycott can adversely affect higher education, medical education, medical research, and health care. Benatar asks whether academic sanctions can be justified within the traditional framework of professional moral codes, and whether sanctions can be justified with any ethical theory. He suggests that a more ethical approach to apartheid by the international community would be to exert pressure through freely offered support on a selectively targeted basis. (KIE abstract)
Biomedical Research; Coercion; Dissent; Discrimination; Education; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Fraud; Government; Health; Health Care; Human Rights; International Aspects; Investigators; Medical Education; Medicine; Misconduct; Medical Research; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Physicians; Political Activity; Politics; Professional Ethics; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Research; Rights; Science; Scientific Misconduct; Social Discrimination; Universities;
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