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Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics : patterns of moral argumentation about new and emerging science and technology


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TitleNano-ethics as NEST-ethics : patterns of moral argumentation about new and emerging science and technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSwierstra, Tsjalling, and Rip Arie
JournalNanoEthics
Volume1
Start Page2
Issue1
Pagination3-20
Date Published03/2007
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1871-4757
Abstract

Authors argue that while there may not be a specific nano-ethics, there a pattern of moral argumentation about new & emerging science and technologies (NEST). The article explores these argument patterns and “tropes,” and asks if there are processes and argumentation patterns specific to nanotechnology. They find that the ambivalences (such as the gaps in knowledge about the health and environmental effects) of nanotechnologies bring out the unique ethical issues related to this technology. In the end, the authors suggest that a pragmatist ethics approach – one that emphasizes learning, self-reporting, and monitoring– as the most helpful way for addressing the ethical implications of nanotechnology.

DOI10.1007/s11569-007-0005-8