David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (1):11-18 (2009)
It has been claimed that (1) computer professionals should be held responsible for an undisclosed list of “undesirable events” associated with their work and (2) most if not all computer disasters can be avoided by truly understanding responsibility. Commentators of “A Critique of Positive Responsibility in Computing” argue that this is not Donald Gotterbarn’s view (Gotterbarn, JSEE 14(2):235–239, 2008) but that a critique of the view nevertheless raises significant moral issues within computing such as the ethical goals of a computing profession, the appropriate ethical stance toward bugs, and the public good with respect to computing (Miller, JSEE 14(2):245–249, 2008). Commentators also argue that “A Critique”’s “profitable misreading” demonstrates the “moral ecology” of organizations “dedicated narrowly to financial success” and that other “moral ecologies” that are customer or quality driven can be shown to be more important or preeminent (Huff, JSEE 14(2):241–244, 2008). It is argued here that (1) the hyper-inflated reading of Gotterbarn’s and Ladd’s views on positive responsibility persists despite Gotterbarn’s explicit rejection of it, and that (2) such a reading of positive responsibility cannot be placed within a single moral ecology, nor can a single moral ecology be shown to be any more important or preeminent than others.
|Keywords||Altruism Computer Ethics Positive Responsibility Professionalism Responsibility|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Michael Davis (1998). Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession. Oxford University Press.
James Fieser, Ethics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Don Gotterbarn (2008). “'Once More Unto the Breach': Professional Responsibility and Computer Ethics”. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (2):235-239.
Chuck Huff (2008). It is Not All Straw, but It Can Catch Fire: In Defense of Impossible Ideals in Computing. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (2):241-244.
Keith W. Miller (2008). Critiquing a Critique. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (2):245-249.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Andrew J. Turner (2010). Are Disorders Sufficient for Reduced Responsibility? Neuroethics 3 (2):151-160.
John Martin Fischer (2004). Free Will and Moral Responsibility. In D. Copps (ed.), Handbook on Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press.
Edward Soule (1998). Trust and Managerial Responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (2):249-272.
Neil Levy (2007). The Responsibility of the Psychopath Revisited. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 14 (2):pp. 129-138.
Gordon Pettit (2005). Moral Responsibility and the Ability to Do Otherwise. Journal of Philosophical Research 30:303-319.
Maureen Kelley (2005). Limits on Patient Responsibility. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (2):189 – 206.
Annika Thiem (2008). Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility. Fordham University Press.
Donald Gotterbarn (2001). Informatics and Professional Responsibility. Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (2):221-230.
James A. Stieb (2008). A Critique of Positive Responsibility in Computing. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (2):219-233.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #230,243 of 1,410,134 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #177,743 of 1,410,134 )
How can I increase my downloads?