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Two Dimensions of the Ethical Problems Related to Nanotechnology

Foladori, Guillermo and Invernizzi, Noela and Záyago, Edgar (2009) Two Dimensions of the Ethical Problems Related to Nanotechnology. NanoEthics, 3 (2). pp. 121-127. ISSN 1871-4757 (Print) 1871-4765 (Online)


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The current literature on nanoethics focuses on a wide array of topics such as equity, privacy, military, environment, human enhancement, intellectual property, and security. The identification of those topics leads to the adoption of an ethical stance, which we call the in itself dimension. In this article we argue that even though it is correct to identify the areas where ethical problems are imperative to deal with (in itself dimension), it is a partial approach. This is because the in itself dimension pays no attention to another ethical stance; one that does not have anything to do with individual or collective responsibilities, but rather with the socio-economic system into which those responsibilities are embedded. We call this second issue the contextual dimension.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Capitalism - Ethics - Nanoethics - Nanotechnology - Science and technology
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
Divisions:Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:7236
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:01 Oct 2009 12:34
Last Modified:01 Oct 2009 12:34

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