Emotions and Risky Technologies

  • Sabine Roeser

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Part I: Emotions as Distortions about Risk

  3. Part II: Emotions and Virtues in Risk Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Sabine Döring, Fritz Feger
      Pages 91-105
    3. Robert C. Roberts
      Pages 107-126
    4. Peter Goldie
      Pages 127-138
  4. Part III: Emotions as a Guide to Acceptable Risk

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-262

About this book

Introduction

By offering an innovative and challenging approach to the topic of risk and emotion, this book covers completely new territory. It focuses on risk and emotion from the perspective of moral philosophy and emphasizes that emotions are an important source of moral knowledge. The book connects to important debates about risk and emotion in empirical decision theory. However, whereas in these debates, emotions are mainly seen as a threat for rational decision making, this book investigates the novel idea that emotions might be a normative guide in making judgments about morally acceptable risks.

Technological risks such as cloning, GM-foods, and nuclear energy spark heated and emotional debates. Many people are afraid of the possible unwanted consequences of such technologies. This gives rise to the following normative question: do we need emotions in order to be able to judge whether a technology and its concomitant risks are morally acceptable? This question has direct practical implications: should engineers, scientists and policy makers involved in developing risk regulation take emotions (of the public, but also their own) seriously or not?

This book sets the stage for research into moral emotions and risky technologies. It brings together leading scholars who work in the areas of risk perception, moral emotions, and ethics of risk, and lets them reflect on this exciting and important new topic. The book should be of interest for everybody involved with risk regulation, both at an academic and a practical level.

Keywords

GM-foods cloning ethics morality nuclear energy risk regulation risky technologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Roeser
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8647-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8646-4
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-8647-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-0044
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-0036
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