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The Ethics of ProtocellsMoral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory$
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Mark A. Bedau and Emily C. Parke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012621

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.001.0001

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This is Not a Hammer: On Ethics and Technology

This is Not a Hammer: On Ethics and Technology

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(p.291) 15 This is Not a Hammer: On Ethics and Technology
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The Ethics of Protocells
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Mickey Gjerris

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.003.0015

This chapter highlights that enlisting the help of professional ethicists will not eliminate the ethical problems raised by protocells but might, in fact, magnify them. It concentrates on two very different understandings of ethics that arise in the discussion about new technologies like biotechnology and nanotechnology. It discusses three understandings of dialogue. This chapter suggests that the possibility that overhyped concepts such as dialogue and public participation could elicit only a yawn increases the more these concepts are seen as rhetorical devices used by politicians and scientists whom “the public” has perhaps never trusted as little as they do these days.

Keywords:   ethical problems, protocells, ethics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, dialogue, public participation

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