Why information ethics must begin with virtue ethics

Metaphilosophy 41 (3):380-401 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Abstract: The information ethics (IE) of Floridi and Sanders is evaluated here in the light of an alternative in virtue ethics that is antifoundationalist, particularist, and relativist in contrast to Floridi's foundationalist, impartialist, and universalist commitments. Drawing from disparate traditional sources like Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Emerson, as well as contemporary advocates of virtue ethics like Nussbaum, Foot, and Williams, the essay shows that the central contentions of IE, including especially the principle of ontological equality, must either express commitments grounded in the particular perspectives we already inhabit, or be without rational or ethical force for us.

Similar books and articles

Why Information Ethics must begin with Virtue Ethics.Richard Volkman - 2011-04-22 - In Armen T. Marsoobian, Brian J. Huschle, Eric Cavallero & Patrick Allo (eds.), Putting Information First. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 131–152.
Discourses on information ethics: The claim to universality. [REVIEW]Bernd Carsten Stahl - 2008 - Ethics and Information Technology 10 (2-3):97-108.
Iris Murdoch and the Varieties of Virtue Ethics.Konrad Banicki - 2016 - In Carr David, Arthur James & Kristjánsson Kristján (eds.), Varieties of Virtue Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 89-104.
Virtue Ethics and Moral Relativism.Christopher W. Gowans - 2010 - In Steven D. Hales (ed.), A Companion to Relativism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 391–410.
Virtue Ethics: A Pluralistic View.Christine Swanton - 2003 - Oxford, GB: Clarendon Press.
Floridi’s Fourth Revolution and the Demise of Ethics.Michael Byron - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (1-2):135-147.


Added to PP

577 (#33,740)

6 months
118 (#43,436)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Richard Volkman
Southern Connecticut State University

Citations of this work

Recent Work in Applied Virtue Ethics.Guy Axtell & Philip Olson - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (3):183-204.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Political Liberalism.John Rawls - 1993 - Columbia University Press.
The View From Nowhere.Thomas Nagel - 1986 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Ethics and the limits of philosophy.Bernard Williams - 1985 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Political Liberalism.J. Rawls - 1995 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 57 (3):596-598.

View all 29 references / Add more references