Double blast of societal & ethical issues in nanotech

A massive amount of new writing on societal and ethical issues is available in a special double issue on nanotechnology jointly published by HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry and TECHNE: Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, edited by Davis Baird & Joachim Schummer. Read more for the tables of contents and links. Includes everything from "Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano" to a very long discussion of the Drexler/Smalley debate. ["Noumenal"? Now we must study Kant to understand nanotech? Argh. –CP] Source: ICON list.

Special Double Issue on "Nanotech Challenges"
Jointly Published by
HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
TECHNE: Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology

Edited by Davis Baird & Joachim Schummer

HYLE 11-1
Nanotech Challenges, Part 2

Editorial (pp. 3-4)

Bruce V. Lewenstein (Cornell University, USA):
"What Counts as a 'Social and Ethical Issue' in Nanotechnology?" (pp.

Christopher J. Preston (University of Montana, USA):
"The Promise and Threat of Nanotechnology: Can Environmental Ethics Guide US?" (pp. 19-44)

Louis Laurent & Jean-Claude Petit (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique,
"Nanosciences and its Convergence with other Technologies: New Golden Age or Apocalypse?" (pp. 45-76)

Gregor Schiemann (University of Wuppertal, Germany): "Nanotechnology and Nature: On Two Criteria for Understanding their Relationship" (pp. 77-96)

Joseph C. Pitt (Virginia Tech, USA):
Book Review: "Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments" by Davis Baird, Berkeley 2004 (pp. 97-99)

Nanotech Challenges, Part 2
(coming soon)


Alfred Nordmann (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany): "Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano"

Arne Hessenbruch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA): "Beyond Truth: Pleasure of Nanofutures"

Marc J. de Vries (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands): "Analyzing the Complexity of Nanotechnology"

Joseph C. Pitt (Virginia Tech, USA):
"'When is an Image Not an Image?"

HYLE 10-2
Nanotech Challenges, Part 1

Editorial (pp. 63-64)

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (University of Paris X, France): "Two Cultures of Nanotechnology?" (pp. 65-82)

Otavio Bueno (University of South Carolina, USA):
"The Drexler-Smalley Debated on Nanotechnology: Incommensurability at Work?" (pp. 83-98)

Cyrus C.M. Mody (Chemical Heritage Foundation, USA):
"Small, but Determined: Technological Determinism in Nanoscience" (pp.

Jose Lopez (University of Ottawa, Canada):
"Bridging the Gaps: Science Fiction in Nanotechnology" (pp. 129-152)

Martin Meyer & Osmo Kuusi (University of Sussex, UK; VATT Helsinki,
"Nanotechnology: Generalizations in an Interdisciplinary Field of Science and Technology" (pp. 153-168)

Pierre Laszlo (University of Liège, Belgium):
Essay Review "Is There Life After Partington?" (pp. 169-178)

Book Reviews:
Shawn B. Allin (Spring Hill College): Joseph E. Earley (ed.): "Chemical
Explanation: Characteristics Development, Autonomy", New York, 2003 (pp.

Vladimír Karpenko (University of Prague): William R. Newman & Lawrence M. Principe: "Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry", Chicago, 2002 (pp. 181-184)

Call for Participants
Philip Ball: "The Molecular Sculpture Project" (pp. 185-188)

Joachim Schummer: "Studies on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology"

Nanotech Challenges, Part 1


Alexei Grinbaum & Jean-Pierre Dupuy (Ecole Polytechnique, France): "Living with Uncertainty: Toward the Ongoing Normative Assessment of Nanotechnology"

Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology, Schweden): "Great Uncertainty about Small Things"

Jochen Hennig (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany):
"Changes in the Design of Scanning Tunneling Microscopic Images from 1980 to 1990"

Joachim Schummer (University of Darmstadt, Germany):
"'Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology': Meanings, Interest Groups, and Social Dynamics"

Christopher Toumey (University of South Carolina, USA): "Anticipating Public Reactions to Nanotechnology"

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