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Press Release   Nanotechnology & Society is a collection of 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.


Fritz Allhoff, PhD
is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.  Patrick Lin, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and has academic appointments at Dartmouth College and Western Michigan University.  Both editors are also co-founders of The Nanoethics Group.


Foreword: The Double Language of Science, and Why It Is So Difficult to Have a Proper Public Debate about the Nanotechnology Program (Jean-Pierre Dupuy)

Introduction: Nanotechnology, Society and Ethics (Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff)

1. Foundational Issues.
1.1 On the Autonomy and Justification of Nanoethics (Fritz Allhoff)
1.2 The Presumptive Case for Nanotechnology (Paul B. Thompson)
1.3 The Bearable Newness of Nanoscience, or: How Not to Get Regulated Out of Business (Arthur Zucker)

2. Risk & Regulation.
2.1 Ethics, Risk, and Nanotechnology: Responsible Approaches to Dealing with Risk( Commission de l'Éthique de la Science et de la Technologie)
2.2 Intuitive Toxicology: The Public Perception of Nanoscience (David M. Berube)
2.3 Environmentalism Holism and Nanotechnology (Thomas M. Powers)

3. Industry & Policy.

3.1 Nanotechnology's Future: Considerations for the Professional (Ashley Shew)
3.2 The Tangled Web of Tiny Things: Privacy Implications of Nano-electronics (Jeroen van den Hoven)
3.3 Carbon Nanotube Patent Thickets (Drew L. Harris)

4. The Human Condition.
4.1 Ethical Aspects of Nanomedicine: A Condensed Version of the EGE Opinion 21 (European Group on Ethics)
4.2 Emerging Issues in Nanomedicine and Ethics (Raj Bawa and Summer Johnson)
4.3 Nanoscience, Nanoscientists, and Controversy (Jason Scott Robert)

5. Global Issues.
5.1 Nanotechnology and the Poor: Opportunities and Risks for Developing Countries, (Todd F. Barker, Leili Fatehi, Michael T. Lesnick, Timothy J. Mealey, Rex R. Raimond)
5.2 Cultural Diversity in Nanotechnology Ethics (Joachim Schummer)
5.3 Transnational Nanotechnology Governance: A Comparison of the US and China (Evan S. Michelson and David Rejeski)
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Edited by: Fritz Allhoff and Patrick Lin
ISBN: 978-1402062087
Hardback US$119.00
300 pages
April 2008

ISBN: 978-1-4020-9385-2
Paperback US$59.95
302 pages
October 2008
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