Philosophical Aspects of Dual Use Technologies

TitlePhilosophical Aspects of Dual Use Technologies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPustovit, S, Williams, E
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume16
Issue1
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1353-3452
AbstractThe term dual use technologies refers to research and technology with the potential both to yield valuable scientific knowledge and to be used for nefarious purposes with serious consequences for public health or the environment. This article describes two main approaches to assessing dual use technologies: pragmatic and metaphysical. A pragmatic approach relies on ethical principles and norms to generate specific guidance and policy for dual use technologies. A metaphysical approach exhorts us to the deeper study of human nature, our intentions, goals, values ideals and social relations when considering dual use technology.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-008-9086-1
DOI10.1007/s11948-008-9086-1
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