Epistemological and Ethical Aspects of Time in Scientific Research

Daria Jadreškić

Temporality of research process has gained unfamiliar attention recently in areas such as biomedicine, climate science, economy, and ecology. I revisit the question of time necessary for scientific research to achieve its aims, and implement its results in society. Some of my research questions are: in which cases does the need to achieve time-defined goals bias the research, and in which cases it is mandatory to have a “deadline” to consider the research successful, especially taking into account the relation between investment and its respective pay-off? On what grounds is the research successful? Is translational research actually speeding the process of translation? Which additional epistemological end ethical worries does it generate along the way?
I will address those questions examining case studies, especially ones engaging in biomedical translational research. My research goal is to give an account of the role time plays in setting scientific agendas and justifying scientific theories and hypotheses. I hope to be able to weight epistemic values of scientific research against the time necessary to carry it out, therefore accounting for its respective success.