Two Dimensions of the Ethical Problems Related to Nanotechnology
Vol. 3, Num. 2
The authors of this article identify two dimensions to the ethical discourse on nanotechnology: the first is the in itself dimension, or the dimension in which most nanoethics lead to an ethical stance, and the contextual dimension, the socioeconomical system into which the collective and individual responsibilities outlined in the other dimension are embedded. Only through a combination of these two dimensions can any ethical stance on nanotechnology be adopted without fear of being incomplete. On the other hand, it is still important to bear in mind that the forces of capital will chase their fortunes without giving fair concern to environmental and health concerns in the same way that activists will ignore commercialization in favor of their particular ethical issues. In the end, it is probably best to understand the biases of both before giving credence to either school of thought.