What’s So Special about Nanotechnology and Nanoethics?

International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (2):179-190 (2006)
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Nanoethics is a contentious field for several reasons. Some believe it should not be recognized as a proper area of study, because they believe that nanotechnology itself is not a true category but rather an amalgamation of other sciences, such as chemistry, physics, and engineering. Critics also allege that nanoethics does not raise any new issues but rather revisits familiar ones such as privacy. This paper answers such criticisms and sets the context for the papers that follow in this nanoethics symposium.



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Patrick Lin
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Fritz Allhoff, J.D., Ph.D.
Western Michigan University

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