The prevalence of antibiotic resistant microbes has led to a call for new antibiotics development. Due to the irresponsible practices of the medical community in prescribing antibiotics, much of the demand for new antibiotics is suspect. I argue that the social contract, which properly includes human relationships with laboratory animals, requires a conservative attitude toward new antibiotics development. This attitude places limits on the justificatory role of demand in determining whether a particular research project meets the conditions for morally justified research, as defined by Rollin’s utilitarian principle.
"The Social Contract, the Conservative Attitude, and Antibiotics Development,"
Between the Species:
8, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol13/iss8/7