How to Object to Radically New Technologies on the Basis of Justice: The Case of Synthetic Biology

  title={How to Object to Radically New Technologies on the Basis of Justice: The Case of Synthetic Biology},
  author={David Hunter},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics},
  • David Hunter
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics
A recurring objection to the exploration, development and deployment of radical new technologies is based on their implications with regards to social justice. In this article, using synthetic biology as an example, I explore this line of objection and how we ought to think about justice in the context of the development and introduction of radically new technologies. I argue that contrary to popular opinion, justice rarely provides a reason not to investigate, develop and introduce radical new… 

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