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Self-Assembly, Self-Organization: Nanotechnology and Vitalism

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette (2009) Self-Assembly, Self-Organization: Nanotechnology and Vitalism. NanoEthics, 3 (1). pp. 31-42.

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Over the past decades, self-assembly has attracted a lot of research attention and transformed the relations between chemistry, materials science and biology. The paper explores the impact of the current interest in self-assembly techniques on the traditional debate over the nature of life. The first section describes three different research programs of self-assembly in nanotechnology in order to characterize their metaphysical implications: (1) Hybridization (using the building blocks of living systems for making devices and machines) ; (2) Biomimetics (making artifacts mimicking nature); (3) Integration (a composite of the two previous strategies). The second section focused on the elusive boundary between self-assembly and self-organization tries to map out the various positions adopted by the promoters of self-assembly on the issue of vitalism.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Biomimetics - Hybridization - Bionanotechnology - Nature and artifact - Chemistry - Biology - Cybernetics
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
ID Code:4541
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:03 Apr 2009 08:15
Last Modified:03 Apr 2009 08:15

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