The Ethics of Technological Risk

The Ethics of Technological Risk

by Lotte Asveld
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844076385

ISBN-13: 9781844076383

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'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

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'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076383
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
Earthscan Risk in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Contributors ix

Foreword by Yvo de Boer xi

Acknowledgements xiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xiv

Part I Introduction 1

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

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

Part II Principles and Guidelines 25

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

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

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

6 Acceptable Risk to Future Generations Marc D. Davidson 77

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

Part III Methodological Considerations 113

8 Ethics, Reasons and Risk Analysis Douglas MacLean 115

9 Incommensurability: The Failure to Compare Risks Nicolas Espinoza 128

10 Welfare Judgements and Risk Greg Bognar 144

Part IV Involving the Public 161

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

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

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

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

Part V Instruments for Democratization 235

15 Risk Management through National Ethics Councils? Gero Kellermann 237

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

Part VI Conclusion 269

17 Governing Technological Risks Michael Baram 271

Index 283

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