Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology

  • Fabrice Jotterand

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 101)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

  3. Knowledge Production in Nanotechnoscience

  4. Ethics and (Bio)Nanotechnology

  5. Public Policy and (Bio)Nanotechnology

    1. Alexandra Plows, Michael Reinsborough
      Pages 133-156
    2. Christopher Kelty
      Pages 157-180
    3. Kenneth A. De Ville
      Pages 181-200
  6. Human Enhancement and (Bio)Nanotechnology

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-264

About this book


This volume provides a critical overview of the nature of nanotechnology (and its applications in the biomedical sciences, i.e. bionanotechnology) and the philosophical and ethico-legal issues it raises. This collection of thirteen articles represents an exploration by scholars from various disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, law, social sciences, psychology, and natural sciences) in North America and Europe. The book contains four major parts respectively entitled 1) Knowledge Production in Nanotechnoscience; 2) Ethics and (Bio)Nanotechnology; 3) Public Policy and (Bio)Nanotechnology; and 4) Human Enhancement and (Bio)Nanotechnology. In the first section, authors examine the nature of nanotechnology as a scientific project and critically reflect on its philosophical underpinnings. The next section introduces the readers to a new area of investigation that explicitly addresses the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology. More specifically, it examines the theoretical framework(s) necessary to sustain rich ethical reflections at the core of the development of nanotechnology. The third section expands on the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology but focuses on legal and public policy issues and how the public perception of nanotechnology could ultimately shape policies and regulations. Ultimately these three perspectives (the nature of nanotechnology, ethical approaches and regulatory issues) will shape and frame the discourse on nanobiotechnology. The final section focuses on how scientific progress could affect humans through enhancement technologies and critically assesses whether such progress actually contributes to human flourishing.


Ethics biotechnology emergent technologies human enhancement technologies legal aspects nanoethics nanoscience nanotechnology public policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabrice Jotterand
    • 1
  1. 1.Southwestern Medical CenterUniversity of TexasDallasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8648-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8649-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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