Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things

Paperback | November 1, 2011

byPeter-Paul Verbeek

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Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Cars enable us to travel long distances, mobile phones help us to communicate, and medical devices make it possible to detect and cure diseases. But these aids to existence are not simply neutral instruments: they give shape to what we do and how we experience the world. And because technology plays such an active role in shaping our daily actions and decisions, it is crucial, Peter-Paul Verbeek argues, that we consider the moral dimension of technology.
 
Moralizing Technology offers exactly that: an in-depth study of the ethical dilemmas and moral issues surrounding the interaction of humans and technology. Drawing from Heidegger and Foucault, as well as from philosophers of technology such as Don Ihde and Bruno Latour, Peter-Paul Verbeek locates morality not just in the human users of technology but in the interaction between us and our machines. Verbeek cites concrete examples, including some from his own life, and compellingly argues for the morality of things. Rich and multifaceted, and sure to be controversial, Moralizing Technology will force us all to consider the virtue of new inventions and to rethink the rightness of the products we use every day.

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Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Cars enable us to travel long distances, mobile phones help us to communicate, and medical devices make it possible to detect and cure diseases. But these aids to existence are not simply neutral instruments: they give shape to what we do and how we experience the world. And ...

Peter-Paul Verbeek is professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, extraordinary professor (Socrates chair) of philosophy of human enhancement at Delft University of Technology, and chairman of the Young Academy, a division of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of What...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226852938

ISBN - 13:9780226852935

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Table of Contents

Preface
1.          Mediated Morality
2.          A Nonhumanist Ethics of Technology
3.          Do Artifacts Have Morality?
4.          Technology and the Moral Subject
5.          Morality in Design
6.          Moral Environments: An Application
7.          Morality beyond Mediation
8.          Conclusion: Accompanying Technology
Notes
References

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“At the turn of the twenty-first century, readers in the philosophy of technology noted an ‘empirical turn’ on the part of the leading philosophers of technology. Peter-Paul Verbeek goes further and, while examining the active role of technologies in human-world shaping, adds an ethical turn—do artifacts have moralities? His surprising affirmative answer makes this book an intellectually challenging read.”—Don Ihde, Stony Brook University