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Do new Ethical Issues Arise at Each Stage of Nanotechnological Development?


By csep - Posted on 05 November 2012

TitleDo new Ethical Issues Arise at Each Stage of Nanotechnological Development?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKermisch, Céline
JournalNanoEthics
Volume6
Issue1
Pagination29 - 37
Date Published4/2012
ISSN Number1871-4765
KeywordsSocietal Implications
Abstract

The literature concerning ethical issues associated with nanotechnologies has become prolific. However, it has been claimed that ethical problems are only at stake with rather sophisticated nanotechnologies such as active nanostructures, integrated nanosystems and heterogeneous molecular nanosystems, whereas more basic nanotechnologies such as passive nanostructures mainly pose technical difficulties. In this paper I argue that fundamental ethical issues are already at stake with this more basic kind of nanotechnologies and that ethics impacts every kind of nanotechnologies, already from the simplest kind of engineered nanoproducts. These ethical issues are mainly associated with the social desirability of nanotechnologies, with the difficulties to define nanotechnologies properly, with the important uncertainties surrounding nanotechnologies, with the threat of 'nano-divide', and with nanotechnology as 'dual-use technology'.

DOI10.1007/s11569-011-0137-8
Short TitleNanoethics