'A comprehensive and important collection that includes essays by some of the leading figures in the field. ...Essential reading for anyone interested in risk assessment.'
Professor Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame

'The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together a distinguished international group of theorists to reflect on the issues. This volume will be sure to raise the level ...
See more details below
The Ethics of Technological Risk

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$135.00 List Price


'A comprehensive and important collection that includes essays by some of the leading figures in the field. ...Essential reading for anyone interested in risk assessment.'
Professor Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame

'The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together a distinguished international group of theorists to reflect on the issues. This volume will be sure to raise the level of debate while at the same time showing the importance of philosophical reflection in approaches to the problems of the age.'
Professor Jonathan Wolff, University College London

This volume brings together top authors from the fields of risk, philosophy, social sciences and psychology to address the issue of how we should decide how far technological risks are morally acceptable or not. The underlying principles are examined, along with methodological challenges, public involvement and instruments for democratization. A strong theoretical basis is complemented by a range of case studies from some of the most contentious areas, including medical ethics and GM crops.

This book is a vital new resource for researchers, students and anyone concerned that traditional approaches to risk management don't adequately address ethical considerations.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'An excellent introduction into the field of the ethics of risks. Both philosophers interested in risks and risks analysts who would like to include moral considerations in their analyses will find the book informative.' - Science and Engineering Ethics

'A timely recognition of the growing need to address philosophical questions concerning technological risk, risk assessment processes and regulation ... It opens discussions, shows the potential of philosophical analysis and reports case studies that take the proposed agenda further.' - Theoria

'This book makes a significant contribution to the development of a new vision for science and society, a vision that sees society actively engaged in making decisions about the content and direction of technological development.' - Dr Richard Jennings, SGR Newsletter

'This is a worthwhile book, which brings together an inspiring collection of philosophical discussions of risk and uncertainty whilst convincingly making the case for the importance of ethical consideration in risk management.' - Journal of Risk Research

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136554124
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Series: Earthscan Risk in Society
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 1,013 KB

Meet the Author

Sabine Roeser is an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology. She has published articles and edited books in the areas of moral philosophy, risk and emotion. Lotte Asveld currently works at the Dutch Institute for Technology Assessment, the Rathenau Institute in The Hague.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword Yvo de Boer de Boer, Yvo

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

Pt. I Introduction 1

1 The Ethics of Technological Risk: Introduction and Overview Sabine Roeser Roeser, Sabine Lotte Asveld Asveld, Lotte 3

2 An Agenda for the Ethics of Risk Sven Ove Hansson Hansson, Sven Ove 11

Pt. II Principles and Guidelines 25

3 A Plea for a Rich Conception of Risks Carl Cranor Cranor, Carl 27

4 Requirements for the Social Acceptability of Risk-Generating Technological Activities Henk Zandvoort Zandvoort, Henk 40

5 Clinical Equipoise and the Assessment of Acceptable Therapeutic Risk Duff Waring Waring, Duff 55

6 Acceptable Risk to Future Generations Marc D. Davidson Davidson, Marc D. 77

7 The Ethical Assessment of Unpredictable Risks in the Use of Genetically Engineered Livestock for Biomedical Research Arianna Ferrari Ferrari, Arianna 92

Pt. III Methodological Considerations 113

8 Ethics, Reasons and Risk Analysis Douglas MacLean MacLean, Douglas 115

9 Incommensurability: The Failure to Compare Risks Nicolas Espinoza Espinoza, Nicolas 128

10 Welfare Judgements and Risk Greg Bognar Bognar, Greg 144

Pt. IV Involving the Public 161

11 Risk as Feeling: Some Thoughts about Affect, Reason, Risk and Rationality Paul Slovic Slovic, Paul Melissa Finucane Finucane, Melissa Ellen Peters Peters, Ellen Donald G. MacGregor MacGregor, Donald G. 163

12 The Relation between Cognition and Affect in Moral Judgements about Risks Sabine Roeser Roeser, Sabine 182

13 Risk and Public Imagination: Mediated Risk Perception as Imaginative Moral Judgement Mark Coeckelbergh Coeckelbergh, Mark 202

14 Trust and Criteria for Proof of Risk: TheCase of Mobile Phone Technology in the Netherlands Lotte Asveld Asveld, Lotte 220

Pt. V Instruments for Democratization 235

15 Risk Management through National Ethics Councils? Gero Kellermann Kellermann, Gero 237

16 Ethical Responsibilities of Engineers in Design Processes: Risks, Regulative Frameworks and Societal Division of Labour Anke van Gorp van Gorp, Anke Armin Grunwald Grunwald, Armin 252

Pt. VI Conclusion 269

17 Governing Technological Risks Michael Baram Baram, Michael 271

Index 283

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)