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Assessment- Scientific Ethics - Frankenstein

Nowdays scientists have to adhere to certain ethical guidelines that define right and wrong in
their practices and decisions. In Mary Shelley´s G
gothic novel „Frankenstein“ the scientist
d body parts resulting in many peoples
Victor Frankenstein creates a monster out of death
death. The question now arises as to whether Frankenstein fully complies with these
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guidelines. To this there is only one answer, Victor is definitely not a good scientist.
. Although Victor might be intelligent and hacks been a highly qualified student at his university
when he was young, his knowledge about science is considered to be outdated by basing it on
works of A' Agrippa and alchemy in general. Although Victor might be intelligent and has been a
highly qualified student at his university when he was young, his knowledge about science is
considered to be outdated by basing it off on works of Agrippa and alchemy in general. So, he
has a qualification, but is a questionable one.
In terms of his aims for his creation he wants to achieve immortality by understanding the
boundaries of life and death, even so he wants to help the progress of science in society to
contribute to basic research. He still has selfish motives by looking for recognition and
appreciation from mankind. His aims go even farther, he strives for progress just to prove that
something can be done with him playing god.wanting
to play god. Even though the methods
Frankenstein uses are legitimate because he has written down the results in a notebook and can,
therefore, replicate those data and possibly create another monster, he violates legal standards.
To create the monster, he works with body parts of deceased people, which firstly seems to do no
harm for anyone. Still, dissecting human bodies was a crime already to that time a crime and
already illegal, making his methods questionable in the aspect of adhering to the law.
Violating legal standards is not the only harm he does, because he breaches several ethical
standards by not sharing his data, for example, which possibly could have helped his aim to
contribute to basic scientific research. More importantly, he does not meet his moral obligations
towards society and think about possible consequences or long-term effects his work has. So, it
is irresponsible and carless of him especially as a scientist to not consider those aspects,
because there had certainty about the results.
Last but not least the aspect of Frankenstein neglecting his responsibilities as a scientist. Being
scared being branded as a “ madman”, Frankenstein hushes up the existents of the creation and
that it is responsible for some murders, because he cowardly does not have the courage to face
the legal consequences. In addition, he does not take responsibility for his actions and a scientist
by one, never trying to teach the monster and two, never trying to get to know the monster and
his ability to feel and behave like a human being.
So now the awaited question, is Victor Frankenstein considered to be a good or bad scientist or is
there even an answer to that question? Yes, there is,( I and it is no, Victor Frankenstein is a bad
scientist. Not because he does not have the abilities and the ambition for it, but because he
neglects his responsibilities as a scientist and ethical standards regarding mankind and human
rights. Moreover, he rather stays silent about the actual murderer just to keep his reputation in
society and that he is not labelled as a “madman”.
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