January 14, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW
Nanotechnology Law & Business:
"Review of Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of
Nanotechnology" by Amber Hottes, J.D.
The difficulty of succinctly and yet fully conveying the vast scope of
innovation that falls under the moniker of nanotechnology is trumped perhaps
only by the challenge of providing a satisfying analysis of the surrounding
ethical and social issues. By compiling an anthology of recent academic
literature and seminal publications, editors Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James
Moor, and John Weckert produced a book that presents the reader with multiple
frameworks to address and analyze scenarios that may arise in nanotechnology
in both the near and far-term future.
...Rather than being a study in persuasion, the book introduces readers to the
entire field of nanoethics by spotlighting several ethical and social
dilemmas. This book does not try to convince readers of a single,
unified viewpoint. As an early book in a nascent field, the included articles
present the myriad nested subtopics of nanoethics.
...[T]his dense book includes high quality articles that cover the spectrum of
nanoethical questions. Taken as a whole, this book gives the reader a
foundation to consider where nanotechnology is going, the negative
repercussions that may occur, and perhaps most importantly, considers how best
to go forth.
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Nanotechnology Law & Business