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Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts

Editors: Kroes, Peter, Verbeek, Peter-Paul (Eds.)

  • Traces recent proposals that ascribe some form of moral agency to technology and technical artefacts 
  • Contains a plethora of arguments and counterarguments on the moral status of technology and technical artefacts
  • Presents work that connects with many sub-disciplines of philosophy, and with disciplines beyond philosophy
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About this book

This book considers the question: to what extent does it make sense to qualify technical artefacts as moral entities? The authors’ contributions trace recent proposals and topics including instrumental and non-instrumental values of artefacts, agency and artefactual agency, values in and around technologies, and the moral significance of technology. 

The editors’ introduction explains that as ‘agents’ rather than simply passive instruments, technical artefacts may actively influence their users, changing the way they perceive the world, the way they act in the world and the way they interact with each other. 

This volume features the work of various experts from around the world, representing a variety of positions on the topic. Contributions explore the contested discourse on agency in humans and artefacts, defend the Value Neutrality Thesis by arguing that technological artefacts do not contain, have or exhibit values, or argue that moral agency involves both human and non-human elements.

The book also investigates technological fields that are subject to negative moral valuations due to the harmful effects of some of their products. It includes an analysis of some difficulties arising in Artificial Intelligence and an exploration of values in Chemistry and in Engineering. The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts is an advanced exploration of the various dimensions of the relations between technology and morality

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts is a 13 chapter book discussing the morality of technology. … it is an important book, for it gives insight as to the role of what we as engineers produce and how that is used, in a moral sense, by our customers. Highly recommended.” (Richard J. Peppin, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 62 (4), July-August, 2014)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts

    Kroes, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Agency in Humans and in Artifacts: A Contested Discourse

    Mitcham, Carl

    Pages 11-29

  • Towards a Post-human Intra-actional Account of Sociomaterial Agency (and Morality)

    Introna, Lucas D.

    Pages 31-53

  • Which Came First, the Doer or the Deed?

    Hanson, F. Allan

    Pages 55-73

  • Some Misunderstandings About the Moral Significance of Technology

    Verbeek, Peter-Paul

    Pages 75-88

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0525-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts
Editors
  • Peter Kroes
  • Peter-Paul Verbeek
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7914-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7914-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7913-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0525-5
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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