Ethics for things. Adam, A. Ethics and Information Technology, 10(2-3):149--154, September, 2008.
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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.
@article{adam_ethics_2008,
	title = {Ethics for things},
	volume = {10},
	issn = {13881957},
	url = {http://resolver.scholarsportal.info/resolve/13881957/v10i2-3/149_eft.xml},
	abstract = {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.},
	number = {2-3},
	urldate = {2010-10-18TZ},
	journal = {Ethics and Information Technology},
	author = {Adam, Alison},
	month = sep,
	year = {2008},
	pages = {149--154}
}

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