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How Should We Do Nanoethics? A Network Approach for Discerning Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology

Poel, Ibo (2008) How Should We Do Nanoethics? A Network Approach for Discerning Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology. NanoEthics, 2 (1). p. 25. ISSN 1871-4757

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11569-008-0026-y

Abstract

There is no agreement on how nanoethics should proceed. In this article I focus on approaches for discerning ethical issues in nanotechnology, which is as of yet one of the most difficult and urging tasks for nanoethics. I discuss and criticize two existing approaches for discerning ethical issues in nanotechnology and propose a network approach as alternative. I discuss debates in nanoethics about the desirable role of ethics in nanotechnological development and about the newness of ethical issues in nanotechnology. On basis of a critical analysis of both debates, I formulate a number of desiderata for a method for discerning ethical issues in nanotechnology and argue that the network approach that my colleagues and I have developed for ethical issues in research and development networks is also appropriate in nanotechnology.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:7183
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:25 Sep 2009 09:29
Last Modified:25 Sep 2009 09:29

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