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Nanotechnology is one of the most prominent technologies for the twenty-first century. It could influence the future of human nature and play a role in creating artificial life. The development of nanotechnology is, thus, related to new debates about the human condition and the future of society as well as to humankind's relationship to nature and technology. This book comprehensively and systematically reviews the considerations of nanotechnology elaborated in philosophy, ethics, and the social sciences and systematizes and develops them further. The focus is on issues of ethical responsibility regarding chances and risks of nanotechnology and its possible applications in the fields of synthetic nanoparticles, synthetic biology, and animal as well as human enhancement. The text is presented in the context of the keywords "responsible innovation" and "reflective sciences", which have been central concepts in debates about the relationship between science and society for the last few years.