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An alternative ethics for research : Levinas and the unheard voices and unseen faces

Vermeylen, Saskia and Clark, Gordon (2016) An alternative ethics for research : Levinas and the unheard voices and unseen faces. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. ISSN 1364-5579

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Some social scientists have criticised the workings of research-ethics committees because their biomedical model is ill-suited to social-science research in both practical and philosophical terms. In this paper we review these criticisms and propose an alternative approach to ethical review that is based on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas.