And Lead Us (Not) into Persuasion…? Persuasive Technology and the Ethics of Communication

TitleAnd Lead Us (Not) into Persuasion…? Persuasive Technology and the Ethics of Communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSpahn, A
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume18
Issue4
Pagination633 - 650
Date Published12/2012
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsENGINEERING , PHILOSOPHY , SCIENCE , Science and Technology Studies , SOCIAL , SOCIAL responsibility
AbstractThe paper develops ethical guidelines for the development and usage of persuasive technologies (PT) that can be derived from applying discourse ethics to this type of technologies. The application of discourse ethics is of particular interest for PT, since 'persuasion' refers to an act of communication that might be interpreted as holding the middle between 'manipulation' and 'convincing'. One can distinguish two elements of discourse ethics that prove fruitful when applied to PT: the analysis of the inherent normativity of acts of communication ('speech acts') and the Habermasian distinction between 'communicative' and 'strategic rationality' and their broader societal interpretation. This essay investigates what consequences can be drawn if one applies these two elements of discourse ethics to PT.
DOI10.1007/s11948-011-9278-y
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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