Can ethics be technologized? Lessons from Challenger, philosophy, and rhetoric

TitleCan ethics be technologized? Lessons from Challenger, philosophy, and rhetoric
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsDombrowski, PM
JournalProfessional Communication, IEEE Transactions on
Volume38
Issue3
Pagination146-150
Date Published1995
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0361-1434
Keywordsappraisal , cultural , disasters , ethics , Humans , Philosophical , PHILOSOPHY , professional , reductive , Rhetoric , Space , systematization , technical , technologism , technologization , technology , Value
AbstractTechnology informs many aspects of our lives. Many critics perceive technology as a system of values, seeing it as an incomplete “ethic”. Using Ellul's (1990) technique (translated as “technologism”), the author asks, “Can ethics be technologized?” The author shows how the Challenger disaster delimits the range of technologism with regard to ethics. Collecting additional technical information cannot of itself prevent ethical lapses. Furthermore, the investigations implicitly show the assumption that technologism can apply to ethics in their call for additional procedures.
DOI10.1109/47.406727

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