The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Chapter 32: Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology

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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