Does Nanotechnology Require a New “Nanoethics”?

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Nanotechnology is one of the most scientifically exciting and technologically promising fields of research to emerge during the last decades, and there are already nanotechnological products on the supermarket shelves. As many other emerging technologies (some) nanotechnologies raise ethical and societal issues that have to be discussed and analysed, but does this entail that we need a new field of ethical inquiry called “Nanoethics” to handle these issues? That is the question that this chapter attempts to answer. The chapter builds on and significantly extends arguments I have made in a previous paper (Holm 2007).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn Pursuit of Nanoethics
EditorsBert Gordijn, Anthony Mark Cutter
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-94-024-0473-9, 978-1-4020-6816-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
ISSN (Print)1875-0044
ISSN (Electronic)1875-0036


  • Applied Ethic
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethical Issue
  • Ethical Theory
  • Traditional Theory

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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