But is it unique to nanotechnology?

Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3):391-403 (2008)
Attempts have been made to establish nanoethics as a new sub-discipline of applied ethics. The nature of this sub-discipline is discussed and some issues that should be subsumed under nanoethics are proposed. A distinction is made between those issue that may ensue once nanotechnology applications become available and procedural issues that should be integrated into the decision structure of the development. A second distinction relates to the central value of the ethical issue. The conditions for the ethical debate differ depending on whether the value(s) in question is internal to the technological development (i.e. health and safety) or external to it (i.e. privacy, equity etc).
Keywords Nanotechnology  Applied ethics  Novelty  Risk assessment  Public involvement
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-008-9052-y
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