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 chapter 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 chapter 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
Title of host publicationNanotechnology Challenges
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages217-248
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9789812773975
ISBN (Print)9812567291, 9789812567291
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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