Design for a common world: On ethical agency and cognitive justice [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 11 (1):37-47 (2009)
The paper discusses two answers to the question, How to address the harmful effects of technology? The first response proposes a complete separation of science from culture, religion, and ethics. The second response finds harm in the logic and method of science itself. The paper deploys a feminist technoscience approach to overcome these accounts of neutral or deterministic technological agency. In this technoscience perspective, agency is not an attribute of autonomous human users alone but enacted and performed in socio-material configurations of people and technology and their ‘intra-actions’. This understanding of agency is proposed as an alternative that opens up for the reconfiguration of design and use for more ethical effects, such as the cultivation of cognitive justice, the equal treatment and representation of different ways of knowing the world. The implication of this approach is that design becomes an adaptive and ongoing intra-active process in which more desirable configurations of people and technology become possible.
Keywords Cognitive justice  Design  Diversity of knowledge  Ethical agency  Feminist technoscience  Intra-action  Neutral technology  Web directories
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-008-9178-2
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