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Is it all about human nature? Ethical challenges of converging technologies beyond a polarized debate

Ferrari, Arianna (2008) Is it all about human nature? Ethical challenges of converging technologies beyond a polarized debate. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 21 (1). p. 1. ISSN 1351-1610

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13511610802002171

Abstract

This article seeks a better understanding of the debate on the ethical challenges posed by converging technologies in the two versions offered by the United States (NBIC) and Europe (CTEKS) and plans to achieve three things. First, I want to show that the reduction of the ethical challenges posed by these technologies to the question of human nature, creating a polarization of positions, has generated a sort of impasse from which it is difficult to escape. This has already been partly referred to by other authors. Second, I want to show that the European conception of CTEKS proposes a different way of framing the ethical questions surrounding converging technologies. Third, I want to provide a reason why we should follow the route indicated by the European approach and move away from the questions around human nature, being at the same time aware that this approach is only in its initial phase.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:8918
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 13:38
Last Modified:27 Apr 2010 13:38

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