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Towards an Ethic of Technology ? Nanotechnology and the Convergence of Applied Ethics


By csep - Posted on 22 February 2013

TitleTowards an Ethic of Technology ? Nanotechnology and the Convergence of Applied Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsParizeau, Marie-Helene
JournalJournal of Philosophical Research
Volume37
Issue2012 Supplement
Pagination293-302
Publication LanguageENG
ISSN Number10538364
KeywordsEthical Discourse
Abstract

The hypothesis I develop involves that we have been witnessing, during the last ten years or so, an interpenetration in the area of applied ethics of certain concepts originally belonging to different areas of ethics, namely bioethics, environmental ethics, and also business ethics. Certain concepts such as "future generations," "consent," "precautionary principle," "intrinsic value," "global governance," "sustainable developmerit," or "scientific uncertainty" are becoming "thick ethical concepts," in the terminology of metaethics; or in the terminology of American pragmatism: "living beliefs." They are now charged with strong moral contents that unfolds a new horizon of meaning at the heart of Western Modernity, a horizon largely defined by science and technical actions. Nevertheless, is this conceptual convergence in the area of applied ethics the sign of the coming of a new ethic of technique? I will discuss this topic taking as an example the case of nanotechnology.

URL10.5840/jpr201237Supplement47