April 28, 2008
The Nanoethics Group Publishes Anthology with Springer
volume focuses on the most urgent and near-term issues facing nanotechnology
OBISPO, CA – April 28, 2008 – The Nanoethics Group today announced that it
has released a collection of important papers addressing a range of
near-term issues related to nanotechnology’s ethical and social
implications. The anthology “Nanotechnology & Society: Current and Emerging
Ethical Issues” is published by Springer, the world’s largest publisher in
science, technology, and medicine books and with more than 150 Nobel
prize-winners on its author’s list.
The new anthology features sixteen papers focused on the most urgent issues
arising from nanotechnology today and in the near future. Written by
leading researchers, policy experts, and nanoethics scholars worldwide, the
book is divided into five units: foundational issues; risk and regulation;
industry and policy; the human condition; and selected global issues. The
essays tackle such contentious issues as environmental impact, health
dangers, medical benefits, intellectual property, professional code of
ethics, privacy, international governance, and more.
“While there are also more distant and speculative issues in nanoethics—and
we’ve touched upon some of them in our previous work—it is important to also
have a single volume focused on the more immediate problems facing
nanotechnology, especially as policymakers and industry are interested in
these issues first and foremost,” said Patrick Lin, Ph.D., director for The
Nanoethics Group and visiting assistant professor at California Polytechnic
State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).
The volume is co-edited by Fritz Allhoff (Western Michigan Univ.) and
Patrick Lin (Cal Poly, SLO; Dartmouth College), and it presents papers by
notable names in nanotechnology and nanoethics, including (in order of
appearance): Jean-Pierre Dupuy (Stanford), Paul Thompson (Michigan State
Univ.), Arthur Zucker (Ohio University), David Berube (North Carolina State
Univ.), Thomas Powers (Univ. of Delaware), Ashley Shew (Virginia Tech),
Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft Univ. of Tech., Netherlands), Drew Harris
(Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody), Raj Bawa (Bawa Biotechnology Consulting
LLP), Summer Johnson (Albany Medical College), Jason Robert (Arizona State
Univ.), and Joachim Schummer (Tech. Univ. of Darmstadt, Germany).
Organizations such as Canada’s Commission de l'Éthique de la Science et de
la Technologie, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies,
Meridian Institute, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
also contributed papers.
The new anthology is also partly based upon work supported by the US
National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0620694 and 0621021. Any
opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views
of the National Science Foundation.
The hardback volume is priced at US$119. For more information and to order,
www.nanoethics.org. A sample chapter and more information can also be
About The Nanoethics Group
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), The
Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan research organization formed to study
nanotechnology’s impact on society and related ethical issues. As
professional ethicists, we help to identify and evaluate possible harms and
conflicts as well as to bring balance and common sense to the debate. Our
mission is to educate and advise both organizations and the broader public
on these issues as a foundation to guide policy and responsible research.
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