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Invigorating "Nanoethics": Recommendations for Improving Deliberations in Taiwan and Beyond

Harmon, Shawn H. E. and Yen, Shang-Yung and Tang, Shu-Mei (2012) Invigorating "Nanoethics": Recommendations for Improving Deliberations in Taiwan and Beyond. NanoEthics, 5 (3). pp. 309-318.

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Nanotechnology is the new(est) star in the high technologies sky. While nanotechnologies remain technologies of promise and potential, a growing number of nano-materials and nano-particle-reliant products are being produced. And although a growing number of academic, policy and industry reports are exploring nanotechnologies, there are very few genuine ethical assessments of nanotechnologies as they exist and might evolve in the coming years. Many questions have yet to be answered about the nature, development, and social and commercial deployment of nanotechnologies and what that means for the human condition and the preservation of our core values. We argue that the early and potentially risky nature of this interdisciplinary science does not justify a blinkered focus on risk assessment and management to the detriment of deep and ranging ethical evaluations. Much improved ethics evaluations must be undertaken, particularly in Taiwan where very little has happened despite grand expectations for, and funding of, the science. In this paper, we uncover the development imperatives for nanotechnologies, demonstrate the paucity of genuine nanoethics exercises, outline key questions for stakeholders undertaking nanoethics exercises to consider, and we articulate some preliminary actions for Taiwan (and other similarly situated jurisdictions).

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:11615
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:17 Apr 2012 14:25
Last Modified:17 Apr 2012 14:25

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