• Filename: nanoethics.
  • ISBN: 9781441149176
  • Release Date: 2010-06-01
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Donal P. O'Mathuna
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Nanotechnology manipulates matter at the atomic level. It leads to innovative processes and products that are revolutionizing many areas of modern life. Huge amounts of public funds are being invested in the science, yet the public has little understanding of the technology or its ethical implications. Indeed, the ethical, social, and political dimensions of nanotechnology are only beginning to receive the attention they require - outside of science fiction contexts. Surveillance devices may become so small that they are practically invisible to the naked eye, raising concerns about privacy. Nanomedicine may lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic devices, yet anxieties have been raised about the impact of "nanobots" circulating in our bodies. Military applications, or misuses, of nanotechnology raise other concerns. This book explores in an accessible and informative way how nanotechnology is likely to impact the lives of ordinary people in the coming years and why ethical reflection on nanotechnology is needed now.


  • Filename: nanoethics.
  • ISBN: 9780470084175
  • Release Date: 2007-08-10
  • Number of pages: 385
  • Author: Fritz Allhoff
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Nanotechnology will eventually impact every area of our world Nanoethics seeks to examine the potential risks and rewards of applications of nanotechnology. This up–to–date anthology gives the reader an introduction to and basic foundation in nanotechnology and nanoethics, and then delves into near–, mid–, and far–term issues. Comprehensive and authoritative, it: Goes beyond the usual environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns to explore such topics as privacy, nanomedicine, human enhancement, global regulation, military, humanitarianism, education, artificial intelligence, space exploration, life extension, and more Features contributions from forty preeminent experts from academia and industry worldwide, reflecting diverse perspectives Includes seminal works that influence nanoethics today Encourages an informed, proactive approach to nanoethics and advocates addressing new and emerging controversies before they impede progress or impact our welfare This resource is designed to promote further investigations and a broad and balanced dialogue in nanoethics, dealing with critical issues that will affect the industry as well as society. While this will be a definitive reference for students, scientists in academia and industry, policymakers, and regulators, it′s also a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand the challenges, principles, and potential of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology Society

  • Filename: nanotechnology-society.
  • ISBN: 1402062095
  • Release Date: 2008-04-03
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Fritz Allhoff
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Nanotechnology & Society is a collection of sixteen papers focused on the most urgent issues arising from nanotechnology today and in the near future. Written by leading researchers, policy experts, and nanoethics scholars worldwide, the book is divided into five units: foundational issues; risk and regulation; industry and policy; the human condition; and selected global issues. The essays tackle such contentious issues as environmental impact, health dangers, medical benefits, intellectual property, professional code of ethics, privacy, international governance, and more.

In Pursuit of Nanoethics

  • Filename: in-pursuit-of-nanoethics.
  • ISBN: 9781402068171
  • Release Date: 2013-09-30
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: Bert Gordijn
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The volume contributes to the ongoing nanoethics debate in four topical areas. The first part tackles questions of what could be called ‘meta-nanoethics’. Its focus lies on basic concepts and the issue of what - if anything - is truly novel and special about the new field of nanoethics or its subject matter. The second part of this volume presents a selection of interesting perspectives on some of the opportunities and challenges of nanotechnology. Part three takes a more in depth look at one of the most pressing current concerns: how to deal with the risks and uncertainties surrounding nanotechnology in a responsible manner. In its fourth and final part the volume touches on issues of public debate and policy.

Future Wars

  • Filename: future-wars.
  • ISBN: 9781846317552
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: David Seed
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press

This timely book investigates fiction that speculates about wars likely to break out in the near or distant future. Ranging widely across periods and conflicts real and imagined, Future Wars explores the interplay between politics, literature, science fiction, and war in a range of classic texts. Individual essays look at Reagan's infamous “Star Wars” project, nuclear fiction, Martian invasion, and the Pax Americana. The use of future war scenarios in military planning dates back to the nineteenth century, and Future Wars concludes with a US Army officer's assessment of the continuing usefulness of future wars fiction.

Now You re Thinking

  • Filename: now-you-re-thinking.
  • ISBN: 9780132932172
  • Release Date: 2011-09-14
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Judy Chartrand
  • Publisher: FT Press

Learn more with the video links included in this e-book! Want to improve? Want to change? Start inside your own head: You are what you think! Now You’re Thinking will help you build your great life by teaching you breakthrough techniques for thinking far more effectively. Whether you’re considering refinancing your house or trying to become a better parent, some thinking processes are simply proven to work better. Learn them here--right now. Discover how to assess your own thinking style, build on your strengths, fix your weaknesses, navigate tough challenges and moral dilemmas; gain new perspective; think your way to balance and security, and master strategic thinking, in business, and in life! To celebrate the launch of Now You’re Thinking, Pearson people, business partners, and friends have a tremendous opportunity to make a remarkable difference in the lives of the families of those serving the U.S. military. From September 12 through September 30, each time you read a free online children’s book at We Give Books (, your efforts will help give a free hardcover or paperback book to great non-profits that support U.S. military families year round. Think. Read. Give.

Moral Evil

  • Filename: moral-evil.
  • ISBN: 9781626160118
  • Release Date: 2013-10-24
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Andrew Michael Flescher
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press

The idea of moral evil has always held a special place in philosophy and theology because the existence of evil has implications for the dignity of the human and the limits of human action. Andrew Michael Flescher proposes four interpretations of evil, drawing on philosophical and theological sources and using them to trace through history the moral traditions that are associated with them. The first model, evil as the presence of badness, offers a traditional dualistic model represented by Manicheanism. The second, evil leading to goodness through suffering, presents a theological interpretation known as theodicy. Absence of badness—that is, evil as a social construction—is the third model. The fourth, evil as the absence of goodness, describes when evil exists in lieu of the good—the "privation" thesis staked out nearly two millennia ago by Christian theologian St. Augustine. Flescher extends this fourth model—evil as privation—into a fifth, which incorporates a virtue ethic. Drawing original connections between Augustine and Aristotle, Flescher’s fifth model emphasizes the formation of altruistic habits that can lead us to better moral choices throughout our lives. Flescher eschews the temptation to think of human agents who commit evil as outside the norm of human experience. Instead, through the honing of moral skills and the practice of attending to the needs of others to a greater degree than we currently do, Flescher offers a plausible and hopeful approach to the reality of moral evil.

Iron Man and Philosophy

  • Filename: iron-man-and-philosophy.
  • ISBN: 9780470482186
  • Release Date: 2010-03-22
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Mark D. White
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010 On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many philosophical issues that emerge from the essential conflicts found in the decades of Iron Man stories in comics and movies. What kind of moral compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron Man responsible for the death of Captain America after the Marvel Universe “Civil War”? Should people like Stark run the world? How does Tony’s alcoholism impact his performance as Iron Man, and what does it say about moral character? Ultimately, what can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? As absorbing as Iron Man comic books and movies, Iron Man and Philosophy: Gives you a new perspective on Iron Man characters, story lines, and themes Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Locke, and Heidegger can teach us about Tony Stark/Iron Man Considers issues such as addiction, personal responsibility, the use of technology, and the role of government Whether you've been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, Iron Man and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every fan.

Beyond Animal Rights

  • Filename: beyond-animal-rights.
  • ISBN: 9781441157539
  • Release Date: 2010-12-09
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Tony Milligan
  • Publisher: A&C Black

From vegetarianism to scientific experimentation, this book is an ethical exploration of our responsibilities To The animals with whom we share the planet.

Just Warriors Inc

  • Filename: just-warriors-inc.
  • ISBN: 9781441134172
  • Release Date: 2011-01-06
  • Number of pages: 226
  • Author: Deane-Peter Baker
  • Publisher: A&C Black

A philosophical exploration of the moral issues raised by the use of private military contractors and mercenaries in war.

The Ethics of Trade and Aid

  • Filename: the-ethics-of-trade-and-aid.
  • ISBN: 9781441125484
  • Release Date: 2011-04-07
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: Christopher D. Wraight
  • Publisher: A&C Black

This philosophical examination of trade and aid argues that a compassionate, rational and humane engagement with the global economy could lead to a better world.

The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth

  • Filename: the-ethics-of-metropolitan-growth.
  • ISBN: 9781441102805
  • Release Date: 2010-04-29
  • Number of pages: 174
  • Author: Robert Kirkman
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Issues related to metropolitan growth and environmental change are at the heart of public debate today - this book explores the ethical implications behind this hugely topical contemporary debate.

Personal Responsibility

  • Filename: personal-responsibility.
  • ISBN: 9781847063991
  • Release Date: 2009-11-30
  • Number of pages: 214
  • Author: Alexander Brown
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Individual responsibility is an issue at the heart of public debates surrounding justice today - this book explores the philosophical implications of this hugely topical contemporary debate.

Nanotechnology and Ethical Governance in the European Union and China

  • Filename: nanotechnology-and-ethical-governance-in-the-european-union-and-china.
  • ISBN: 9783319182339
  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: Sally Dalton-Brown
  • Publisher: Springer

This book addresses questions surrounding the feasibility of a global approach to ethical governance of science and technology. The emergence and rapid spread of nanotechnology offers a test case for how the world might act when confronted with a technology that could transform the global economy and provide solutions to issues such as pollution, while potentially creating new environmental and health risks. The author compares ethical issues identified by stakeholders in China and the EU about the rapid introduction of this potentially transformative technology – a fitting framework for an exploration of global agency. The study explores the discourse ethics and participatory Technology Assessment (pTA) inspired by the work of Jürgen Habermas to argue that different views can be universally recognized and agreed upon, perhaps within an ideal global community of communication. The book offers a developed discourse model, utilizing virtue ethics as well as the work of Taylor, Beck, Korsgaard and others on identity formation, as a way forward in the context of global ethics. The author seeks to develop new vocabularies of comparison, to discover shared aspects of identity and to achieve, hopefully, an ‘intercultural personhood’ that may lead to a global ethics. The book offers a useful guide for researchers on methods for advancing societal understanding of science and technology. The author addresses a broad audience, from philosophers, ethicists and scientists, to the interested general reader. For the layperson, one chapter surveys nanoissues as depicted in fiction and another offers a view of how an ordinary citizen can act as a global agent of change in ethics.


  • Filename: honor.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015079781582
  • Release Date: 2006-04-06
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: James Bowman
  • Publisher: Encounter Books

The importance of honor is present in the earliest records of civilization. Today, while it may still be an essential concept in Islamic cultures, in the West, honor has been disparaged and dismissed as obsolete. In this lively and authoritative book, James Bowman traces the curious and fascinating history of this ideal, from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment and to the killing fields of World War I and the despair of Vietnam. Bowman reminds us that the fate of honor and the fate of morality and even manners are deeply interrelated.

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