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January 14, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)

Published in 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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