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Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development

  • Simone Arnaldi
  • Arianna Ferrari
  • Paolo Magaudda
  • Francesca Marin


  • Inquires about the relationship between the field of nanotechnology and the concept of responsibility

  • Offers an interdisciplinary focus on the connection between technology innovation and its social, ethic and philosophical implications

  • Addresses both empirical and theoretic levels, offers numerous case studies and reconnects concepts with practical analysis


Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Simone Arnaldi, Arianna Ferrari, Paolo Magaudda, Francesca Marin
    Pages 1-17
  3. Scrutinizing Responsibility: Theoretical Explorations into an Entangled Concept

  4. Public Engagement and Technology Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Torsten Fleischer, Jutta Jahnel, Stefanie B. Seitz
      Pages 79-96
  5. Representations and Arrangements of Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Colette Bos, Harro van Lente
      Pages 129-141
    3. Sarah R. Davies, Cecilie Glerup, Maja Horst
      Pages 143-159
  6. Epilogue: Nanotechnology Beyond Nanotechnologies

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-208

About this book


This book disentangles the complex meanings of responsibility in nanotechnology development by focusing on its theoretical and empirical dimensions. The notion of responsibility is extremely diversified in the public discourse of nanoscale technologies. Addressed are major disciplinary perspectives working on nanotechnology, e.g. philosophy, sociology, and political science, as well as the major multidisciplinary areas relevant to the innovation process, e.g. technology assessment and ethics. Furthermore, the interplay between such expertises, disciplines, and research programmes in providing a multidisciplinary understanding of responsibility is emphasized.


innovation ethics nanoscale technologies nanotechnology and responsibility nanotechnology dangers nanotechnology development nanotechnology ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Simone Arnaldi
    • 1
  • Arianna Ferrari
    • 2
  • Paolo Magaudda
    • 3
  • Francesca Marin
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Environmental, Ethical, Legal and Social Decisions on Emerging Technologies (CIGA)University of PadovaRovigoItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy, Sociology Education and Applied PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Philosophy, Sociology Education and Applied PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development
  • Editors Simone Arnaldi
    Arianna Ferrari
    Paolo Magaudda
    Francesca Marin
  • Series Title The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Library of Ethics, Law
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9102-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7972-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9103-8
  • Series ISSN 1875-0044
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-0036
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Philosophy of Technology
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