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Bert Gordijn, Rob de Vries & Dónal P. O'Mathúna

In: The SAGE Handbook of Health Care Ethics: Core and Emerging Issues

Chapter 32: Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology

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Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology
Ethical issues in nanotechnology
Introduction

Recently, numerous bioethicists have become actively engaged in two new fields of ethical inquiry: neuroethics and nanoethics. We will focus on the latter, seeking a balance between a complete and thus somewhat superficial review of the ethical issues in nanotechnology and an in-depth analysis of one particular topic.1 Accordingly, after briefly explaining the technology itself, we present three urgent ethical concerns currently being debated. These concerns pertain to the risks of nanotechnology, the fear that nanotechnology might contribute to injustice and the possibility that this technology will enable monitoring and surveillance equipment that will infringe on our privacy. Nanotechnology raises many other ethical issues, but they seem less acute than the three we selected. Moreover, we examine whether ...

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