15 The Global Ethics of Nanotechnology


Geoffrey Hunt

Technology of the smallest, ethics of the largest

If we could adopt something like an astronaut’s or perhaps an archaeologist’s wide angle view of human life we may perceive that we human beings do not measure up ethically to the challenges that face us in the 21st century. Living as we now do in a world in which the consequences of major technological and economic activities and developments in one locality have an evident impact on life all over the planet, I think it is appropriate to open the discussion on the ethics of nanotechnology as a globally situated question.

I sympathize with fellow philosopher Hans Jonas, in his book The Imperative of Responsibility (1984) when ...

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