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Nanotechnology and Technomoral Change

  title={Nanotechnology and Technomoral Change},
  author={Tsjalling Swierstra},
If nanotechnology lives up to its revolutionary promises, do we then need a ‘new’ type of ethics to guide this technological development? After distinguishing different senses in which ethics could be ‘new’, I focus on the phenomenon of TechnoMoral Change. Emerging technologies like nanotechnology have the potential to destabilize established moral norms and values. This is relevant because those norms and values are needed to discuss whether technological developments are desirable or not. I… 

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  • A. Melnyk
  • Philosophy
    Science, Technology, & Human Values
  • 2021
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