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Ethics and Nanotechnology; Responsible development of nanotechnology at global level in the 21st century

Malsch, Ineke (2011) Ethics and Nanotechnology; Responsible development of nanotechnology at global level in the 21st century. PhD thesis, Radboud University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines how ethically sound governance of nanotechnology may be possible in the current global world order. This central research question is inspired by the main issue on the agenda of national and international policy makers in the last decade. How to avoid making the same mistake with nanotechnology as with genetically modified food in Europe? As for nanotechnology, great public and private investments had been made in the development of GGO’s, but market introduction was inhibited strongly by unexpected public resistance. In order to solve the issue of nanotechnology governance, a wide range of debates and projects have been started. The author has been engaged in these discussions and investigations as a consultant for 15 years. The thesis contains an attempt to present the debate in all its wide-ranging facets in different parts of the world. The emphasis is on differences and points in common between countries and at an international level. Three cases (nanotechnology and security, sustainable development of nanotechnology and nanotechnology and the shifting boundary between living and non-living)are investigated from a philosophical ethical perspective. Finally, the author returns to the governance issue and proposes a contribution to the ongoing debate.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
Social and Political Science > Policy developments with respect to nanotechnology
ID Code:11110
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:05 Oct 2011 08:51
Last Modified:05 Oct 2011 08:51

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