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THE NATURAL AMBIGUITY OF THE NOTION OF ‘NATURAL’, AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

Dorato, Mauro (2012) THE NATURAL AMBIGUITY OF THE NOTION OF ‘NATURAL’, AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper I will explore the ramification of the distinction between fact and values
in order to show that human values enter in various ways in both science and
(nano)technologies without violating Hume’s fact/value distinction. Among the nanotechnologies,
I will discuss the case study provided by the use of microchips implanted under
our skin: though they do not obviously overcome the limits of the natural laws (intended in
the descriptive sense), their application might in principle jeopardize our ethical principles
in a way that is more powerful than previously existing ‘macrotechnology’. This greater
power depends on the fact that the properties of the macroworld depend on the ‘nanoworld’,
but not conversely.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dorato, Mauromauro.dorato@gmail.com
Keywords: fact, value, adaptation, microchip, natural laws, natural.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 13:11
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 13:11
Item ID: 9365
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9365

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