Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 September 2016

328 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190498511

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Technology and the Virtues

A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting

Shannon Vallor

  • Applies classical philosophical traditions of virtue ethics to contemporary challenges of a global technological society
  • Argues for the unique value of virtue ethics as an ideal moral framework for the 21st century human condition, in which the future of the human family is increasingly clouded by uncertainty, instability, complexity and risk
  • Develops and applies a moral framework that is informed by a culturally diverse group of philosophical virtue traditions, including Aristotelian, Confucian and Buddhist perspectives
  • Applies the framework to specific ethical challenges from emerging technologies: military and social robotics, new social media, digital surveillance and self-tracking, and biomedical enhancement
  • Addresses risks and opportunities facing an increasingly networked and interdependent human family, challenges that demand an unprecedented cultivation of collective moral wisdom on a newly global scale