Lecture3-1 - EthicalIssuesinComputer Science CSCI 328, Fall...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 3 The Dialectic Method
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2 Descriptive (Empirical Claims) Descriptive claims give facts that can be tested or verified. Examples: The car is in the driveway. XX% of the American public favor healthcare reform. All societies consider some domain of life private. (This one would be hard to test). Others?
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3 Normative (prescriptive) claims Normative claims state what people should do or what ought to be the case. Examples: Speech on the internet should not be censored. All societies should keep some domains of life private. Others? These cannot be verified by examining societies. They make a recommendation. Empirical evidence may be used to analyze and evaluate them.
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Empirical claims alone are not enough Normative claims cannot be supported by simply pointing to the facts about what people do: Examples: Throughout history some people have intentionally killed other people. Therefore?
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Lecture3-1 - EthicalIssuesinComputer Science CSCI 328, Fall...

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