The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology

Emotions and Risky Technologies

Editors: Roeser, Sabine (Ed.)

  • The first book to address the new topic of moral emotions about risky technologies
  • Brings together empirical and normative-ethical viewpoints about risk and emotion
  • Brings together leading scholars from philosophy and psychology who work on (moral) emotions and/or risk
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About this book

By offering an innovative and challenging approach to the topic of risk and emotion, this book covers completely new territory. It focuses on risk and emotion from the perspective of moral philosophy and emphasizes that emotions are an important source of moral knowledge. The book connects to important debates about risk and emotion in empirical decision theory. However, whereas in these debates, emotions are mainly seen as a threat for rational decision making, this book investigates the novel idea that emotions might be a normative guide in making judgments about morally acceptable risks.

Technological risks such as cloning, GM-foods, and nuclear energy spark heated and emotional debates. Many people are afraid of the possible unwanted consequences of such technologies. This gives rise to the following normative question: do we need emotions in order to be able to judge whether a technology and its concomitant risks are morally acceptable? This question has direct practical implications: should engineers, scientists and policy makers involved in developing risk regulation take emotions (of the public, but also their own) seriously or not?

This book sets the stage for research into moral emotions and risky technologies. It brings together leading scholars who work in the areas of risk perception, moral emotions, and ethics of risk, and lets them reflect on this exciting and important new topic. The book should be of interest for everybody involved with risk regulation, both at an academic and a practical level.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Moral Heuristics and Risk

    Sunstein, Cass R.

    Pages 3-16

  • Here’s How I Feel: Don’t Trust Your Feelings!

    Sousa, Ronald

    Pages 17-35

  • If I Look at the Mass I Will Never Act: Psychic NumbingPsychic Numbing and GenocideGenocide

    Slovic, Paul

    Pages 37-59

  • Marketing Risk: Emotional Appeals Can Promote the Mindless Acceptance of Risk

    Buck, Ross (et al.)

    Pages 61-80

  • Emotions as Aids and Obstacles in Thinking About Risky Technologies

    Evans, Dylan

    Pages 81-88

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8647-1
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8646-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3236-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emotions and Risky Technologies
Editors
  • Sabine Roeser
Series Title
The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8647-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8647-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8646-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3236-0
Series ISSN
1875-0044
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 262
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