The ethics of nuclear power: Social experiments, intergenerational justice,and emotions
|Author||B.Taebi, S.Roeser, I. vd Poel, TU Delft|
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The ethics of nuclear power: Social experiments, intergenerational justice, and emotions Behnam Taebi, Sabine Roeser, Ibo van de Poel Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology Article history: Received 18 August 2011 Accepted 3 September 2012 Available online 28 September 2012 a b s t r a c t In this paper we argue that traditional approaches to risk assessment should be supplemented by an explicit discussion of the moral acceptability of nuclear technology and the risks it poses. The introduction of nuclear energy in society should be seen as an ongoing social experiment, whose (moral) acceptability should continuously be addressed. Given the long-term risks of nuclear energy, intergenerational justice should be explicitly included in such an analysis. This will also have implications for nuclear power policies. Furthermore, emotions such as sympathy and feelings of responsibility can provide moral insights; they should be taken seriously in the debate about nuclear energy rather than being dismissed as irrational distractions as is currently the case. These proposed reforms would help society to move beyond the usual stale mate in the debate about nuclear power.