Philosophy and Medicine

Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology

Editors: Jotterand, Fabrice (Ed.)

  • 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
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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.

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From the reviews:

"This is a very important book. The general public really have no clear idea of what happen in the next twenty years regarding medical care … and the manipulation of life. Fabrice Jotterand has brought … these issues to our attention in a non-dramatic, non-alarmist way … . this book will become a core text for students in the relevant disciplines and I suggest should be compulsory reading for those who in any way involved in policy decision making in the medical health care system." (Rob Harle, Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 13 (19), 2008)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Beyond Feasibility: Why Ethics Is Important for Bionanotechnology

    Jotterand, Fabrice

    Pages 3-10

  • The World View of Nanotechnology – Philosophical Reflections

    Woyke, Andreas

    Pages 13-26

  • Nanomachine: Technological Concept or Metaphor?

    Guchet, Xavier (et al.)

    Pages 27-41

  • No Future for Nanotechnology? Historical Development vs. Global Expansion

    Nordmann, Alfred

    Pages 43-63

  • Bionanotechnology: A New Challenge for Ethical Reflection?

    Baumgartner, Christoph

    Pages 67-84

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Hardcover $229.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7943-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology
Editors
  • Fabrice Jotterand
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
101
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8649-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8649-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8648-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7943-5
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 264
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