The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology

Technology, Transgenics and a Practical Moral Code

Authors: Cooley, Dennis R.

  • Combines ethical theory, applied ethics, and social science survey results to create a useful moral code for decision-making
  • Creates an axiology that incorporates the best ideas from how people actually think about ethics
  • Applies both the code and axiology to real-world situations to find defensible solutions to problems
  • Eliminates many of the wrong views of technology debates after examining each in much greater detail than is currently available
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About this book

Ethical debate often lags far behind the development of new technology. As a result, confusion abounds over what is permissible, what is not, and what we should do about any of it. This uncertainty results in bad policy decisions and unnecessary strife in some communities, as has happened in the case of transgenic or genetically modified organisms.

In this book, D.R. Cooley, associate professor of philosophy and ethics at North Dakota State University, shows that a pragmatic solution to this problem is to develop a practical moral code that can be used to evaluate any technological development before it happens. In ensuring this code’s wide-ranging applicability, Cooley has designed it to include moral principles and a hierarchical value theory created from a combination of the best elements of Kant’s and Mill’s ethical theories, applied ethics, including environmental, bioethics, and business ethics, and how people actually think about morality in their everyday lives. In addition, the author examines and offers solutions to a number of problematic views in current technology debates after examining each in much greater detail than is currently available. By taking seriously C.L. Stevenson’s claim that philosophy should be informed by all the sciences, this work’s pragmatic code is designed to solve problems, rather than create or foster them.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Applied Groundwork for a Practical Moral Code

    Cooley, Dennis R.

    Pages 1-30

  • A Practical Moral Code

    Cooley, Dennis R.

    Pages 31-91

  • Are Transgenic Organisms, Biotechnology, and Technology Unnatural?

    Cooley, Dennis R.

    Pages 93-140

  • A Natural Theory of Value

    Cooley, Dennis R.

    Pages 141-195

  • Applying PMC to a Few Transgenic Technology Issues

    Cooley, Dennis R.

    Pages 197-243

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3021-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3020-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3059-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Technology, Transgenics and a Practical Moral Code
Authors
Series Title
The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3021-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3021-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3020-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3059-5
Series ISSN
1875-0044
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 271
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