In defence of the precautionary principle

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    Abstract

    The precautionary principle is widely advocated, especially in Europe, but also much attacked. In this paper the principle will first be outlined and then some of the common criticisms discussed. One in particular will be examined in some depth; the criticism is that it is inherently paradoxical. The paradox supposedly arises because if the principle is applied to some action that is potentially harmful, it should also be applied to that application of it which is also potentially harmful, because it stops an action that is beneficial. Here it will be argued that the precautionary principle is not paradoxical and that it is important and useful.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISTAS 2010
    Subtitle of host publicationSocial implications of emerging technologies
    EditorsIEEE Staff
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages42-47
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781424477777
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventInternational Symposium on Technology and Society - Wollongong, NSW, Australia
    Duration: 07 Jun 201009 Jun 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Symposium on Technology and Society
    CountryAustralia
    Period07/06/1009/06/10

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    Weckert, J. (2010). In defence of the precautionary principle. In IEEE. Staff (Ed.), ISTAS 2010: Social implications of emerging technologies (pp. 42-47). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2010.5514653