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The Ethics of Nanotechnology, Geoengineering, and Clean Energy

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Maynard, Jack Stilgoe


530 pages

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Hardback: 9781472435323
pub: 2016-12-16

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Nanotechnology, clean technology, and geoengineering span the scale of human ingenuity, from the imperceptibly small to the unimaginably large. Yet they are united by a commonality of ethics that permeates how and why they are developed, and how the resulting consequences are managed. The articles in this volume provide a comprehensive account of current thinking around the ethics of development and use within each of the technological domains, and addresses challenges and opportunities that cut across all three. In particular, the collection provides unique insights into the ethics of ’noumenal’ technologies - technologies that are impossible to see or detect or conceive of with human senses or conventional tools. This collection will be of relevance to anyone who is actively involved with ensuring the responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology, geoengineering or clean technology.

Table of Contents

Part I: Nanotechnology

1. Grunwald, A. "Nanotechnology - A new field of ethical inquiry?" Science and Engineering Ethics 11(2), 2005, pp187-201.

2. Lewenstein, B. V. "What counts as a 'social and ethical issue' in nanotechnology?" Hyle 11(1-2), 2005, pp5-18.

3. Nurock, V. "Nanoethics: Ethics For, From, or With Nanotechnologies?" Hyle 16(1), 2010, pp31-42.

4. Mnyusiwalla, A., A. S. Daar and P. A. Singer ‘"Mind the gap': science and ethics in nanotechnology." Nanotechnology 14(3), 2003, R9-R13.

5. Nordmann, A. "Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the incredible Tininess of Nano." Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society: 49-72, 2006.

6. Dupuy, J. P. "Some pitfalls in the philosophical foundations of nanoethics." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32(3), 2007, pp237-261.

7. Nordmann, A. "If and then: A critique of Speculative NanoEthics." Nanoethics, 1, 2007, pp31-46.

8. Rip, A. "Folk theories of nanotechnologists." Science as Culture, 15(4), 2006, pp349-365.

9. Khushf, G. "Systems theory and the ethics of human enhancement - A framework for NBIC convergence." Coevolution of Human Potential and Converging Technologies 1013, 2004, pp124-149.

10. Sparrow, R. "The Social Impacts of Nanotechnology: an Ethical and Political Analysis." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6(1), 2009, pp13-23.

11. Wolbring, G. "Nanoscale science and technology and social cohesion." International Journal of Nanotechnology 7(2-3), 2010, pp155-172.

Part II: Geoengineering

12. Keith, D. W. "Geoengineering the climate: History and prospect." Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 25, 2000, pp245-284.

13. Jamieson, D. "Ethics and intentional climate change." Climatic Change 33(3), 1996, pp323-336.

14. Morrow, D. R., R. E. Kopp and M. Oppenheimer "Toward ethical norms and institutions for climate engineering research." Environmental Research Letters 4(4), 2009, p8.

15. Preston, C. J. "Ethics and geoengineering: reviewing the moral issues raised by solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change 4(1), 2013, pp23-37

16. Hale, B. and L. Dilling "Geoengineering, Ocean Fertilization, and the Problem of Permissible Pollution." Science Technology & Human Values 36(2), 2011, pp190-212.

17. Hulme, M. "Climate change: Climate engineering through stratospheric aerosol injection." Progress in Physical Geography 36(5), 2012, pp694-705.

18. Gardiner, S. M. "Some Early Ethics of Geoengineering the Climate: A Commentary on the Values of the Royal Society Report." Environmental Values 20(2), 2011, pp163-188.

19. Stilgoe, J., R. Owen and P. Macnaghten "Developing a framework for responsible innovation." Research Policy 42(9), 2013, pp1568-1580

20. Corner, A., and Pidgeon, N. "Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineering." Climatic Change, 2014, pp1-14.

Part III: Clean Technology

21. Dyer, H. (2013). "Ethical dimensions of renewable energy". International Handbook of Energy Security. H. Dyer and M. J. Trombetta. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd: 443-461.

22. Matson, R. J. and M. Carasso "Sustainability, energy technologies, and ethics." Renewable Energy 16(1-4), 1999, pp1200-1203.

23. Leonard, R. S. "Synthetic fuels, and a sustainable set of civilizations." Solar Energy 56(1), 1996, pp 61-77

24. Thompson, P. B. "The agricultural ethics of biofuels: A first look." Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 21(2), 2008, pp183-198.

25. Schot, J. W. "Constructive Technology-Assessment and Technology Dynamics - The Case of Clean Technologies." Science Technology & Human Values 17(1), 1992, pp36-56.

Part IV: Overarching issues and challenges

26. Fortun, M. "For an ethics of promising, or: a few kind words about James Watson." New Genetics and Society 24(2), 2005, pp157-173.

27. Jasanoff, S. "Constitutional Moments in Governing Science and Technology." Science and Engineering Ethics 17(4), 2011, pp621-638

28. Schuurbiers, D. "What happens in the Lab: Applying Midstream Modulation to Enhance Critical Reflection in the Laboratory" Science and Engineering Ethics 17, 2011, pp769–788.

29. Guston, D. H. "The Pumpkin or the Tiger? Michael Polanyi, Frederick Soddy, and Anticipating Emerging Technologies" Minerva 50(3), 2012, pp363-379.

About the Editors

Andrew Maynard is the NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, USA and Jack Stilgoe is a Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, UK

About the Series

The Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Natural Resources
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects