© 2014

In Pursuit of Nanoethics

  • Bert Gordijn
  • Anthony Mark Cutter

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bert Gordijn, Anthony Mark Cutter
    Pages 1-11
  3. Concepts and Novelty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Ronald Sandler
      Pages 39-57
  4. Opportunities and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Darryl Macer
      Pages 73-87
  5. Risks and Precaution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Fritz Allhoff
      Pages 107-130
    3. Roberto Andorno, Nikola Biller-Andorno
      Pages 131-145
    4. Kevin C. Elliott
      Pages 147-163
  6. Public Debate and Policy

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


This volume assembles an interdisciplinary team of leading academics, industry figures, policymakers and NGO’s to consider the legal, ethical and social issues that are raised by innovations in nanoscience and nanotechnology. By bringing together international experts from a diverse range of fields this volume addresses the implications and impact that nanotechnology has on society. Through the exploration of six key themes the contributors analyse both the impact of nanotechnology and the emergence of the concept of nanoethics. Each section includes authors from both sides of the political and scientific divide – incorporating both positive and negative perspectives on nanotechnology, as well as including discussions of associated concepts such as converging technologies. The result provides for the widest and most balanced discussion of these issues to date.


Ethics Governance of Nanontechnology Law and Governance Nanotechnology Policy global nanoethics nanotechnology and society

Editors and affiliations

  • Bert Gordijn
    • 1
  • Anthony Mark Cutter
    • 2
  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“In Pursuit of Nanoethics is a welcome contribution to the field. I found myself recommending many of the selections to colleagues working in various areas of applied ethics and have gone back to many of the pieces to inform my own future research directions. From the novice student to the experienced scholar, this volume has something to offer for everyone, especially for those interested in integrating publics into the discourse around nanoethics.” (Stephanie E. Vasko, NanoEthics, Vol. 8, 2014)