Computer Ethics and Moral Methodology

Metaphilosophy 28 (3):234-248 (1997)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In computer ethics, as in other branches of applied ethics, the problem of the justification of moral judgment is still unresolved. I argue that the method which is referred to as “The Method of Wide Reflective Equilibrium” (WRE) offers the best solution to it. It does not fall victim to the false dilemma of having to choose either case‐based particularist or principle‐based universalist approaches to the problem of moral justification. I claim that WRE also provides the best model of practical moral reasoning available for computer ethics. It does not pretend to provide quasi‐algorithmic procedures for moral decision‐making, but neither does it abandon the regulative ideal of communicative transparency in discursive public justification.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 86,507

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Unique ethical problems in information technology.Walter Maner - 1996 - Science and Engineering Ethics 2 (2):137-154.
Moral luck and computer ethics: Gauguin in cyberspace. [REVIEW]David Sanford Horner - 2010 - Ethics and Information Technology 12 (4):299-312.
On teaching computer ethics within a computer science department.Michael J. Quinn - 2006 - Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (2):335-343.
Computer ethics: Its birth and its future. [REVIEW]TerrellWard Bynum - 2001 - Ethics and Information Technology 3 (2):109-112.


Added to PP

48 (#279,286)

6 months
7 (#141,564)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references