The promise and threat of nanotechnology: Can environmental ethics guide US?

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Abstract

The growing presence of the products of nanotechnology in the public domain raises a number of ethical questions. This paper considers whether existing environmental ethics can provide some guidance on these questions. After a brief discussion of the appropriateness of an environmental ethics framework for the task at hand, the paper identifies a representative environmental ethic and uses it to evaluate four salient issues that emerge from nanotechnology. The discussion is intended both to give an initial theoretical take on nanotechnology from the perspective of environmental ethics and to provide a clear indication of the direction from which environmental resistance might come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-44
Number of pages26
JournalHyle
Volume11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Environmental ethics
  • Evolution
  • Fabricated biology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nature

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