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Medicine | Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology

Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology

Series: Philosophy and Medicine, Vol. 101

Jotterand, Fabrice (Ed.)

2008, VI, 264 p.

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  • The first volume to focus on the ethical and social issues emerging in nanotechnology
  • Incorporates international perspectives on a topic of global importance
  • Includes assessments from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, social sciences, law, psychology, and sciences

This volume provides a critical overview of the nature of nanotechnology (and its applications in the biomedical sciences, i.e. bionanotechnology) and the philosophical and ethico-legal issues it raises. This collection of thirteen articles represents an exploration by scholars from various disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, law, social sciences, psychology, and natural sciences) in North America and Europe. The book contains four major parts respectively entitled 1) Knowledge Production in Nanotechnoscience; 2) Ethics and (Bio)Nanotechnology; 3) Public Policy and (Bio)Nanotechnology; and 4) Human Enhancement and (Bio)Nanotechnology. In the first section, authors examine the nature of nanotechnology as a scientific project and critically reflect on its philosophical underpinnings. The next section introduces the readers to a new area of investigation that explicitly addresses the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology. More specifically, it examines the theoretical framework(s) necessary to sustain rich ethical reflections at the core of the development of nanotechnology. The third section expands on the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology but focuses on legal and public policy issues and how the public perception of nanotechnology could ultimately shape policies and regulations. Ultimately these three perspectives (the nature of nanotechnology, ethical approaches and regulatory issues) will shape and frame the discourse on nanobiotechnology. The final section focuses on how scientific progress could affect humans through enhancement technologies and critically assesses whether such progress actually contributes to human flourishing.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ethics - biotechnology - emergent technologies - human enhancement technologies - legal aspects - nanoethics - nanoscience - nanotechnology - public policy

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Medicine

Table of contents 

Introduction Fabrice Jotterand, Beyond Feasibility: Why Ethics is Important for Bionanotechnology Knowledge Production in Nanotechnoscience Andreas Woyke, The World View of Nanotechnology: Philosophical Reflections Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Xavier Guchet, Nanomachine: Technological Concept or Metaphor? Alfred Nordmann, No Future for Nanotechnology? Historical Development vs. Global Expansion Ethics and (Bio)Nanotechnology Christoph Baumgartner, Bionanotechnology – A New Challenge for Ethical Reflection? Armin Grunwald, Nanoparticles: Risk Management and the Precautionary Principle Joseph Pitt, Anticipating the Unknown: The Ethics of Nanotechnology Audy G. Whitman, Phelps J. Lambert, Ossie F. Dyson, and Shaw M. Akula, Applications of Nanotechnology in the Biomedical Sciences: Small Materials, Big Impacts, and Unknown Consequences Public Policy and (Bio)Nanotechnology Alexandra Plows & Michael Reinsborough, Nanobiotechnology and Ethics: Converging Civil Society Discourses Christopher Kelty, Allotropes of Fieldwork in Nanotechnology Kenneth A. DeVille, Law, Regulation and the Medical Use of Nanotechnology Human Enhancement and (Bio)Nanotechnology George Khushf, Stage Two Enhancements M. Ellen Mitchell, Nanotechnology, the Body and the Mind Ronald Sandler, Nanotechnology and Human Flourishing: Toward a Framework for Assessing Radical Human Enhancements

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