Deliberative Democracy and Nanotechnologies in Health

Deliberative Democracy and Nanotechnologies in Health

Aikaterini A. Aspradaki (Bioethics Joint Graduate Programme, University of Crete, Iraklion, Crete, Greece)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jte.2013070101
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The ethical, social and political dimensions of legislative regulations of issues concerning the citizens’ health are generally recognized to be of increasing significance in modern deliberative democracies. However, nanotechnologies in health have raised extra difficulties in deliberative democracies’ procedural justice arrangements. Could a deliberative model of democracy based on substantive commitments such as to equal moral and political value of collectively acting persons contribute to cope with difficult risk and uncertainty regulatory issues pertaining to the tremendous advanced applications of nanotechnologies in health? This is the main question for the bioethics oriented inquiry in this paper. Special emphasis has given on the field of the dental health.
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My own interest in nanotechnologies in health investigation comes from both my academic studies in bioethics interdisciplinary field of the normative inquiry of moral challenges resulting from developments in the life sciences and biotechnology and my professional experience in dentistry as a general dental practitioner. From that standpoint of a critical understanding of the relation between the bio-medical sciences and ethics, the findings were selected and analyzed to lead to the results and to the discussion.

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