The Ethics of Technological Risk

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'Incorporating discussions of risk-assessment principles, methods, and technology case studies, this book is a comprehensive and important collection that includes essays by some of the leading figures in the field. It breaks new ground in discussing the relation between cognition and affect in moral judgements about risk - and is essential reading for anyone interested in risk assessment.' Kristin Shrader-Frechette, PhD, O'Neill Family Endowed Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health, University of Notre Dame
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'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

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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)

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.
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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

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