Distributed Morality in an Information Society

TitleDistributed Morality in an Information Society
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFloridi, L
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination727 - 743
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsCOMPUTER science , Library and Information Science , professional responsibility
AbstractThe phenomenon of distributed knowledge is well-known in epistemic logic. In this paper, a similar phenomenon in ethics, somewhat neglected so far, is investigated, namely distributed morality. The article explains the nature of distributed morality, as a feature of moral agency, and explores the implications of its occurrence in advanced information societies. In the course of the analysis, the concept of infraethics is introduced, in order to refer to the ensemble of moral enablers, which, although morally neutral per se, can significantly facilitate or hinder both positive and negative moral behaviours.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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