Social and Ethical Interactions with Nano: Mapping
Vol. 1, Num. 2
The aim of this paper is to answer the question: What does social and ethical research actually mean when it is focussed [sic] on technological applications that are largely hypothetical, and a field of science spread out across multiple disciplines and lacking unification? They look at four categories of inquiry (Governance, Perception, Science and Philosophy) to better organize the early literature of the field, and find most of the concentration centers around governance and perception. They go on to identify the definition of nanotechnology, the question of its novelty and the notion of interdisciplinarity as cross-category issues that have been raised in each of the four categories above, though the authors feel that, if anything, more interdisciplinary work needs to be done, as well as a common terminology must be established, if nanoethics is to go forward fruitfully.