Morality in a Technological World

Knowledge as Duty

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  • Pages: XVI-288
  • Support: Print
  • Format: 24 cm.
  • Languages: Anglais
  • Édition: Original
  • Location: Cambridge; New York
  • ISBN: 9780521877695
  • Creation date: 01-11-2014
  • Last update: 01-11-2014



The technological advances of contemporary society have outpaced our moral understanding of the problems that they create. How will we deal with profound ecological changes, human cloning, hybrid people, and eroding cyberprivacy, just to name a few issues? In this book, Lorenzo Magnani argues that existing moral constructs often cannot be applied to new technology. He proposes an entirely different ethical approach, one that blends epistemology with cognitive science. The resulting moral strategy promises renewed dignity for overlooked populations, both of today and of the future. – Table of Contents : 1. Respecting people as things; – 2. Treating people as means; – 3. Hybrid people, hybrid selves; – 4. Knowledge as duty; – 5. Freedom and responsibility; – 6. Creating ethics; – 7. Inferring reasons.