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Ethics for things

Adam, Alison 2008, 'Ethics for things' , Ethics and Information Technology, 10 (2-3) , pp. 149-154.

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This paper considers the ways that Information Ethics (IE) treats things. A number of critics have focused on IE’s move away from anthropocentrism to include non-humans on an equal basis in moral thinking. I enlist Actor Network Theory, Dennett’s views on ‘as if’ intentionality and Magnani’s characterization of ‘moral mediators’. Although they demonstrate different philosophical pedigrees, I argue that these three theories can be pressed into service in defence of IE’s treatment of things. Indeed the support they lend to the extension of moral status to non-human objects can be seen as part of a trend towards the accommodation of non-humans into our moral and social networks. A number of parallels are drawn between philosophical arguments over artificial intelligence and information ethics.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Ethics and Information Technology
Publisher: Kluwer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1388-1957
Depositing User: AE Adam
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2011 16:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:17

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