Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 739-742

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On Identifying Plausibility and Deliberative Public Policy

Commentary on: “Negotiating Plausibility: Intervening in the Future of Nanotechnology”
  • René Von SchombergAffiliated withEuropean Commission, DG Research Email author 

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The identification of plausible epistemic approaches in science as well as the social problem definitions with which scientists implicitly work is essential for the quality of a deliberative public policy. While responding to the Nanofutures project, I will reflect on the essential elements of such a policy.


Deliberation Public policy Nanotechnology Plausibility