Nanotechnology & Society

Nanotechnology & Society

Author: Allhoff, Fritz; Lin, Patrick (Eds.)
ISBN 978-1-4020-6208-7 

Current and Emerging Ethical Issues
300 p., Hardcover

Nanotechnology & Society is a collection of sixteen papers focused on the most urgent issues arising from nanotechnology today and in the near future. Written by leading researchers, policy experts, and nanoethics scholars worldwide, the book is divided into five units: foundational issues; risk and regulation; industry and policy; the human condition; and selected global issues. The essays tackle such contentious issues as environmental impact, health dangers, medical benefits, intellectual property, professional code of ethics, privacy, international governance, and more.
Part I Foundational Issues
1 On the Autonomy and Justification of Nanoethics
Fritz Allhoff
2 The Presumptive Case for Nanotechnology
Paul B. Thompson
3 The Bearable Newness of Nanoscience, or: How Not to Get Regulated Out of Business
Arthur Zucker

Part II Risk and Regulation
4 Ethics, Risk, and Nanotechnology: Responsible Approaches to Dealing with Risk
Commission de l’Éthique de la Science et de la Technologie
5 Intuitive Toxicology: The Public Perception of Nanoscience
David M. Berube
6 Environmental Holism and Nanotechnology
Thomas M. Powers

Part III Industry and Policy
7 Nanotechnology’s Future: Considerations for the Professional
Ashley Shew
8 The Tangled Web of Tiny Things: Privacy Implications of Nano-electronics
Jeroen van den Hoven
9 Carbon Nanotube Patent Thickets
Drew L. Harris

Part IV The Human Condition
10 Ethical Aspects of Nanomedicine: A Condensed Version of the EGE Opinion 21
European Group on Ethics
11 Emerging Issues in Nanomedicine and Ethics
Raj Bawa and Summer Johnson
12 Nanoscience, Nanoscientists, and Controversy
Jason Scott Robert

Part V Global Issues
13 Nanotechnology and the Poor: Opportunities and Risks
for Developing Countries
Todd F. Barker, Leili Fatehi, Michael T. Lesnick, Timothy J. Mealey, and Rex R. Raimond
14 Cultural Diversity in Nanotechnology Ethics
Joachim Schummer
15 Transnational Nanotechnology Governance: A Comparison of the US and China
Evan S. Michelson and David Rejeski
FRITZ ALLHOFF, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.

PATRICK LIN, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and has academic appointments at Dartmouth College and Western Michigan University. Both editors are also co-founders of The Nanoethics Group.