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The ethics of hormesis - no fuss?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2008 (English)In: Human and Experimental Toxicology, ISSN 0960-3271, E-ISSN 1477-0903, Vol. 27, no 8, 643-646 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that the phenomenon of hormesis should prompt us to revise current regulatory policy in order to take beneficial effects of small doses of various agents into account. I argue that three problems - the comparative smallness of hormetic effects, the fine-tuning problem, and the problem of aggregated actions - should lead us not to overemphasize the importance of hormesis for policy, and that they, if anything, points towards a non-consequentialist approach to the ethics of risk.

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2008. Vol. 27, no 8, 643-646 p.
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ethics, hormesis, risk, ALARA principle
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Philosophy Pharmacology and Toxicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-34127DOI: 10.1177/0960327108098490ISI: 000261982800007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-57049184198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-34127DiVA: diva2:419581
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QC 20110527Available from: 2011-05-27 Created: 2011-05-26 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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