Special Issue "Philosophy and the Ethics of Technology"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joseph C. Pitt

Department of Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061- USA
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Interests: Engineering and Philosophy; Impact of technological innovation on scientific change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For much of the first three quarters of the 20th century, philosophical reflection on technology was concerned with the negative effects of specific technologies and Technology in general. But times have changed and more recently the Philosophy of Technology has become more sophisticated, looking at, for example, issues of design, engineering education and more. It seems appropriate to reconsider the ethics of technology from a philosophical perspective. A simple way to conceive of the project is to start with the observation “Yes, we can build it, but should we?” This requires some agreement on how to decide this issue. Consider the case of the coal powered electric generating plants in the face of global warming. A second consideration we are interested in is how do new technologies affect the way we live our lives. The obvious example here is the cell phone. But there are others and we welcome new thoughts and philosophical approaches to this general issue of the ethics of technology.

Prof. Dr. Joseph C. Pitt
Guest Editor

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  • Moral Imperatives
  • technological transformations
  • ethical impact

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