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Unformatted text preview: Computer Ethics PHIL 341 Professors Letscher and McCollum 1/17/2012 Good Faith Papers: One per week, usually due at midnight on Wednesday. http://dehn.slu.edu/mediawiki/spring12/ethics- Submission/Course Website Deborah Johnsons Novelty and Conceptual Muddles- Abstract objects and property STS Accounts- Rejects Technological Determinism o Technology does not determine social arrangements or patterns of social behavior o Technological innovations are not merely physical artifacts Technology is a social product o Technology is not value neutral GFP 1- Think about the virtual rape of case on page 2 of Johnson. Develop an intriguing argument from one of the parties in more detail. What are the issues involved? Is this argument superior to the others? 1/19/2012 Can you apply things from the real to the virtual? Virtual to the real? 1/24/2012 History of Cyberethics- Phase 1: Big Brother Database- Can machines think o Initiates new metaphors with which to think about a human mind- Phase 2 o Computer Crime o Personal Privacy o Intellectual Property- Phase 3 o Free Speech o Jurisdiction o Anonymity o Still viewed as essentially exterior - Supersized Cyborgs o I actually did the work on the paper, he said o Well, Weiner said, the work was done in you head, but the record it is still here o No, its not a record, not really. Its working. You have to work on paper and this is the paper. Okay? - Unique or Same Ole Same Ole o Information: Scope and Scale o Are there unique issues that emerge in cyberethics o When is something unique or novel?- Professional or Philosophical o What are the professional issues involved? o What issues pertain to social policies as well as individual behavior that affect virtually everyone in society o What about descriptive approaches?- Moral Opacity and Transparency o Disclosive Consequentialism whether an act is morally right depends only on consequences (as opposed to the circumstances or the intrinsic nature of the act or anything that happens before the act) Hedonism (Classical Utilitarianism)- The experience Machine Argument- Is pleasure the only valuable thing? - Pleasure as an intrinsic good all others are instrumental goods. Universal and Equal- Equal Consideration = in determining the moral rightness, benefits to one person matter just as much as similar benefits to any other person ( = al who count count equally) Net Pleasure- The net pleasure is the only thing that matters o On Classical Utilitarianism its not even the average- What Rawls calls the separateness of Persons does not! o We can take your happiness away to achieve some greater good for others. Alternatives to SOPA/PIPA- Nothing- Individual Investigations- OPEN- SOPA- Great Wall of China 2/2/2012 Deontology- The Priority of the Right over the Good o Consequentialism in its classical form makes the Good the most important factor in moral evaluation while the Deontologists see the Right as having priority in moral evaluation.Right as having priority in moral evaluation....
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