Track 6: Philosophy and ethics of biomedical and nanotechnology

Chair: BERT GORDIJN and JOACHIM SCHUMMER

New biomedical technologies have prompted ethical and philosophical debates since many decaces. More recently, the emergence of nanotechnologies has triggered a variety of ethical concerns as well, including worries about the risks of nanotechnologies, the fear that nanotechnologies might contribute to social and global injustice, and the potential to enable monitoring and surveillance equipment that will infringe on our privacy. In addition, the suggested convergence of biomedical and nanotechnologies with other technologies has caused substantial philosophical debates about metaphysical, anthropological, methodological and epistemological issues. This panel focuses on the above mentioned issues with a particular focus on the intersection of biomedical and nanotechnologies, that is on bionanotechnology and nanomedicine.