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In summarizing the main contributions of the book, this last chapter examines in what ways the approach discussed so far addresses the question, articulated in Chap. 1, of how to integrate normative sensitiveness in TA. It demonstrates in what way addressing the question of plausibility allows ethicists (as well as social scientists, bioethical committees, policy makers, technology developers, etc.) to address the normative questions that surround the issue of social desirability of emerging technologies with a broader set of visions wherein the material morality of artifacts, the worldviews of stakeholders and the dynamics of moral changes are spelled out. The chapter also considers the role of the “ethicist” in such processes and concludes by outlining some open questions for further research.

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Book title

International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology

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191 - 202