Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 739–742

On Identifying Plausibility and Deliberative Public Policy

Commentary on: “Negotiating Plausibility: Intervening in the Future of Nanotechnology”

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-011-9305-z

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Von Schomberg, R. Sci Eng Ethics (2011) 17: 739. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9305-z


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.


DeliberationPublic policyNanotechnologyPlausibility

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Commission, DG ResearchBrusselsBelgium