1st Edition

Technology Ethics A Philosophical Introduction and Readings

By Gregory J. Robson, Jonathan Y. Tsou Copyright 2023
    320 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The first of its kind, this anthology in the burgeoning field of technology ethics offers students and other interested readers 32 chapters, each written in an accessible and lively manner specifically for this volume. The chapters are conveniently organized into five parts:

    1. Perspectives on Technology and its Value
    2. Technology and the Good Life
    3. Computer and Information Technology
    4. Technology and Business
    5. Biotechnologies and the Ethics of Enhancement

    A hallmark of the volume is multidisciplinary contributions both (1) in "analytic" and "continental" philosophies and (2) across several hot-button topics of interest to students, including the ethics of autonomous vehicles, psychotherapeutic phone apps, and bio-enhancement of cognition and in sports. The volume editors, both teachers of technology ethics, have compiled a set of original and timely chapters that will advance scholarly debate and stimulate fascinating and lively classroom discussion.

    Downloadable eResources (available from www.routledge.com/9781032038704) provide a glossary of all relevant terms, sample classroom activities/discussion questions relevant for chapters, and links to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries and other relevant online materials.

    Key Features:

    • Examines the most pivotal ethical questions around our use of technology, equipping readers to better understand technology’s promises and perils.
    • Explores throughout a central tension raised by technological progress: maintaining social stability vs. pursuing dynamic social improvements.
    • Provides ample coverage of the pressing issues of free speech and productive online discourse.

    Part I: Perspectives on Technology and Its Value

    1. The Definition of Technology
    Val Dusek

    2. Value-free Technology?
    Joseph Pitt

    3. The Values Built Into Technologies
    David Morrow

    4. Technological Determinism: What It Is and Why It Matters
    Sally Wyatt

    5. Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology
    David Cerbone

    6. Postphenomenology and Ethics
    Peter-Paul Verbeek

    7. Technology and the Extended Mind
    Shaun Gallagher

    Part II: Technology and the Good Life

    8. Ethical Theory and Technology
    Jonathan Y. Tsou and Kate Padgett Walsh

    9. Disagreeing Well about Technology
    Daniel Russell

    10. Technology and the Virtue of Honesty
    Christian B. Miller

    11. Confucian Ethics of Technology
    Qin Zhu

    12. Utilitarianism and Happy-People-Pills
    Mark A. Walker

    13. Marxist Perspectives on Technology
    Tony Smith

    14. Technology and Trust: A Kantian Approach
    Bjørn K. Myskja

    Part III: Computer and Information Technology

    15. Values in Artificial Intelligence Systems
    Justin Biddle

    16. A Kantian Course Correction for Machine Ethics
    Ava Thomas Wright

    17. Ethical Issues Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Mental Health: Psychotherapy Chatbots
    Şerife Tekin

    18. Privacy, Security, and Surveillance
    Adam D. Moore

    19. Being-in-the-screen: Phenomenological Reflections on Contemporary Screenhood
    Lucas Introna and Fernando Ilharco

    20. Race, Gender, and Visibility on Social Media
    Megan Rim

    21. Fake News: There’s No App for Truthfulness
    Axel Gelfert

    Part IV: Technology in Business

    22. Adam Smith on the Dangers of the Digital World
    James R. Otteson

    23. Social Media Firms, Echo Chambers, and the Good Life
    Gregory Robson

    24. Data Science and Business Ethics
    David C. Rose

    25. Technology Firms and the Business Case for Diversity
    Adam Gjesdal

    26. Big Tech & Political Equality
    Saura Masconale and Simone M. Sepe

    27. AI and the Law: Can the Legal System Help Us Maximize Paperclips and Minimize Deaths?
    Mihailis E. Diamantis, Rebekah Cochran, and Miranda Dam

    Part V: Technology in Medicine and Sport

    28. Biomedical Technology and the Ethics of Enhancement
    Daniel Moseley and Christina Murray

    29. Genetic Enhancement: Just Say Yes
    Jason Brennan

    30. Feminism and the Ethics of Reprogenetic Technologies
    Inmaculada de Melo-Martin

    31. Rethinking Ethical Subjectivity in the Biomedical Treatment of HIV Risk
    Emerich Daroya and Stuart J. Murray

    32. Against Doping in Sport
    John William Devine


    Gregory J. Robson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University and a Visiting Assistant Research Professor in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on ethics (including business and technology ethics) and social and political philosophy.

    Jonathan Y. Tsou is a Professor of Philosophy and the Marvin and Kathleen Stone Distinguished Professor of Humanities in Medicine and Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has teaching and research interests in philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of psychiatry.