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Ethical Responsibilities of Nanotechnology Researchers: A Short Guide

McGinn, Robert (2010) Ethical Responsibilities of Nanotechnology Researchers: A Short Guide. NanoEthics, 4 (1). pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

Little if any of the scholarly literature on nanotechnology (NT) and ethics is directed at NT researchers. Many of these practitioners believe that having clear ethical guidelines for the conduct of NT research is necessary. This work attempts to provide such guidelines. While no qualitatively new ethical issues unique to NT have yet been identified, the ethical responsibilities identified below merit serious attention by NT researchers. Thirteen specific ethical responsibilities arising at three levels are identified. They are derived by applying four fundamental ethical responsibilities of scientists and engineers to the specific conditions of NT research and researchers in contemporary Western societies. Since society is placing increasing importance on producing scientists and engineers who combine high technical competence with a sensitive ethical compass, study of the ethical dimension of NT, including the identified ethical responsibilities, should become a required element of the formal education of all NT researchers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nanotechnology - Ethics - Ethical issues unique to nanotechnology - Ethical responsibility and ethical responsibilities - Fundamental ethical responsibilities of scientists and engineers - Ethical responsibilities of nanotechnology researchers - Micro-social - Meso-social, and macro-social levels - Guide - Ethical dimension of nanotechnology - Formal education of nanotechnology researchers
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
NanoSafety > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:8855
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:23 Apr 2010 12:26
Last Modified:23 Apr 2010 12:26

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