Ethics as a Beneficial Trojan Horse in a Technological Society

TitleEthics as a Beneficial Trojan Horse in a Technological Society
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsQueraltó, R
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination13 - 26
Date Published3/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsEmerging Technologies , ENGINEERING , SCIENCE , Science and Technology Studies
Abstracthis article explores the transformation of ethics in a globalizing technological society. After describing some basic features of this society, particularly the primacy it gives to a special type of technical rationality, three specific influences on traditional ethics are examined: (1) a change concerning the notion of value, (2) the decreasing relevance of the concept of axiological hierarchy, and (3) the new internal architecture of ethics as a net of values. These three characteristics suggest a new pragmatic understanding of ethics. From a pragmatic perspective, the process of introducing ethical values into contemporary society can be regarded as a beneficial Trojan horse, a metaphor that will be developed further.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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