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Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology

Swierstra, Tsjalling and Rip, Arie (2007) Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology. Nanoethics, 1 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 1871-4757 (Print) 1871-4765 (Online)

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Abstract

There might not be a specific nano-ethics, but there definitely is an ethics of new & emerging science and technology (NEST), with characteristic tropes and patterns of moral argumentation. Ethical discussion in and around nanoscience and technology reflects such NEST-ethics. We offer an inventory of the arguments, and show patterns in their evolution, in arenas full of proponents and opponents. We also show that there are some nano-specific issues: in how size matters, and when agency is delegated to smart devices. Our overall approach is a pragmatist ethics, and we conclude that struggle (and learning) might be more productive than models emphasizing consensus.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:New & emerging science and technology - Moral argumentation - Consequentialism - Opponents - Good life - Ethics - Ambivalences - Arena model
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:3306
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:14 Jan 2009 10:38
Last Modified:14 Jan 2009 10:38

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