By Daniel Steel
Students in philosophy, legislations, economics and different fields have greatly debated how technological know-how, environmental precaution, and monetary pursuits might be balanced in pressing modern difficulties, corresponding to weather switch. One debatable concentration of those discussions is the precautionary precept, in line with which medical uncertainty shouldn't be a explanation for hold up within the face of great threats to the surroundings or healthiness. whereas the precautionary precept has been very influential, no in general approved definition of it exists and critics cost that it's incoherent or hopelessly obscure. This ebook offers and defends an interpretation of the precautionary precept from the viewpoint of philosophy of technological know-how, taking a look really at the way it connects to judgements, clinical systems, and facts. via cautious research of diverse case reviews, it indicates how this interpretation ends up in vital insights on clinical uncertainty, intergenerational justice, and the connection among values and policy-relevant technological know-how.