The Precautionary Principle in Nanotechnology

Authors
James H. Moor
Dartmouth College
Abstract
The precautionary principle (PP) is thought by many to be a useful strategy for action and by many others useless at best and dangerous at worst. We argue that it is a coherent and useful principle. We first clarify the principle and then defend it against a number of common criticisms. Three examples from nanotechnology are used; nanoparticles and possible health and environmental problems, grey goo and the potential for catastrophe, and privacy risks generated by nanoelectronics
Keywords Applied Philosophy  General Interest
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0739-098X
DOI 10.5840/ijap200620214
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,527
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Ethics, Technology Development and Uncertainty: An Outline for Any Future Ethics of Technology.Paul Sollie - 2007 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 5 (4):293-306.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Formulating the Precautionary Principle.Neil A. Manson - 2002 - Environmental Ethics 24 (3):263-274.
Future Technologies, Dystopic Futures and the Precautionary Principle.Steve Clarke - 2005 - Ethics and Information Technology 7 (3):121-126.
How Not to Criticize the Precautionary Principle.Jonathan Hughes - 2006 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (5):447 – 464.
A Core Precautionary Principle.Stephen M. Gardiner - 2006 - Journal of Political Philosophy 14 (1):33–60.
Toward Understanding Aspects of the Precautionary Principle.Carl F. Cranor - 2004 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (3):259 – 279.
Is the Precautionary Principle Unscientific?B. D. - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 34 (2):329-344.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total downloads
29 ( #217,284 of 2,287,541 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #392,409 of 2,287,541 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature