Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting

New York, NY: Oxford University Press USA (2016)
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New technologies from artificial intelligence to drones, and biomedical enhancement make the future of the human family increasingly hard to predict and protect. This book explores how the philosophical tradition of virtue ethics can help us to cultivate the moral wisdom we need to live wisely and well with emerging technologies.

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Virtue Ethics, Technology, and Human Flourishing

Starting with an overview of virtue ethics in the philosophical tradition of the West, beginning with Aristotle, I discuss the contemporary revival of virtue ethics in the West (and its critics). In reviewing virtue ethics’ advantages over other traditional ethical approaches, especially c... see more

Technomoral Wisdom for an Uncertain Future

This chapter integrates the lessons of Part III regarding moral practice, and takes up the challenge of adapting the practice to contemporary technosocial needs—specifically, the need for the global cultivation of technomoral virtues. The bulk of this chapter is a taxonomy of twelve such v... see more

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Shannon Vallor
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