The Moral Dimensions of Infrastructure

TitleThe Moral Dimensions of Infrastructure
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsEpting, S
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCITIES , ecosystems , infrastructure , Moral , PHILOSOPHY , regional , Urban
AbstractMoral issues in urban planning involving technology, residents, marginalized groups, ecosystems, and future generations are complex cases, requiring solutions that go beyond the limits of contemporary moral theory. Aside from typical planning problems, there is incongruence between moral theory and some of the subjects that require moral assessment, such as urban infrastructure. Despite this incongruence, there is not a need to develop another moral theory. Instead, a supplemental measure that is compatible with existing moral positions will suffice. My primary goal in this paper is to explain the need for this supplemental measure, describe what one looks like, and show how it works with existing moral systems. The secondary goal is to show that creating a supplemental measure that provides congruency between moral systems that are designed to assess human action and non-human subjects advances the study of moral theory. 
NotesEpting, Shane 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: University of North Texas, Denton USA; Source Info: Apr2016, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p435; Subject Term: URBAN planning; Subject Term: ECOSYSTEMS; Subject Term: CITIES & towns; Subject Term: REGIONAL planning; Subject Term: URBAN growth; Author-Supplied Keyword: Infrastructure; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral theory; Author-Supplied Keyword: Philosophy of the city; Author-Supplied Keyword: Urban planning; NAICS/Industry Codes: 237210 Land Subdivision; NAICS/Industry Codes: 925120 Administration of Urban Planning and Community and Rural Development; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article