Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation... (2007)

Title Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology
Published in Nanoethics, Vol. 1, p.3-20. ISSN 1871-4757.
Author Swierstra, Tjalling; Rip, Arie
Date 2007
Type Article
Publisher Springer
Abstract There might not be a specific nano-ethics, but there definitely is an ethics of new & emerging science and technology (NEST), with characteristic tropes and patterns of moral argumentation. Ethical discussion in and around nanoscience and technology reflects such NEST-ethics. We offer an inventory of the arguments, and show patterns in their evolution, in arenas full of proponents and opponents. We also show that there are some nano-specific issues: in how size matters, and when agency is delegated to smart devices. Our overall approach is a pragmatist ethics, and we conclude that struggle (and learning) might be more productive than models emphasizing consensus.
Persistent Identifier URN:NBN:NL:UI:28-72839
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Repository University of Twente

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