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Naar een ethisch verantwoorde nanotechnologie? Over de plaats van ethiek in het huidige wetenschapsbeleid
Laurent, Brice; Van Oudheusden, Michiel
2013In Ethiek und Maatschappij, 14 (4), p. 15-32
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Keywords :
ethics; nanotechnologies; science policy
Abstract :
[en] In this article, the authors describe how transhumanist ideas influence science nanotechnology policy in the United States. Subsequently, they distinguish different ways in which policymakers and scientists, both in the US and in Europe, address social and ethical implications of nanotechnology research and development. They discern two dominant approaches to responsible technology development: a rationalist approach, which separates scientific issues from ethical questions, and a procedural approach, which adheres to guiding moral principles for responsible technology development. They add to this classification an experimental approach, which directly intervenes in scientific practice. By indicating how concerned actors ethicize nanotechnology in different ways, the authors seek to clarify what is meant by ethics in nanotechnology development and incite reflection on the interconnectedness of ethics and new technologies.
Research center :
Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole des Mines, Paris
SPIRAL, Université de Liège
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Laurent, Brice;  Ecole des Mines > Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
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Title :
Naar een ethisch verantwoorde nanotechnologie? Over de plaats van ethiek in het huidige wetenschapsbeleid
Alternative titles :
[en] Towards ethically responsible nanotechnology? On the role of ethics in contemporary science policy
Publication date :
February 2013
Journal title :
Ethiek und Maatschappij
Publisher :
Academia Press, Gent, Belgium
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