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NanoEthics

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 171–181 | Cite as

Beyond Conversation: Some Lessons for Nanoethics

  • Arianna Ferrari
  • Alfred Nordmann
Original Paper

Abstract

One of the aims of the DEEPEN project was to deepen ethical understanding of issues related to emerging nanotechnologies through an interdisciplinary approach utilizing insights from philosophy, ethics, and the social sciences. Accordingly, part of its final report was dedicated to the question of what was accomplished with regards to this aim and what further research is required. It relates two insights: Nanotechnologies intensify the ambivalence of ongoing, long-term developments; and yet, our intuitions and received story-lines fail us as a guide to ethical and political matters concerning nanotechnologies.

Keywords

Limits of knowledge and control Designing human and material nature Co-production of responsibility Risk/hope analysis Power of technoscience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany

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