Narrative and Technology Ethics (Paperback)

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Narrative and Technology Ethics (Paperback)


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This book proposes that technologies, similar to texts, novels and movies, 'tell stories' and thereby configure our lifeworld in the Digital Age. The impact of technologies on our lived experience is ever increasing: innovations in robotics challenge the nature of work, emerging biotechnologies impact our sense of self, and blockchain-based smart contracts profoundly transform interpersonal relations. In their exploration of the significance of these technologies, Reijers and Coeckelbergh build on the philosophical hermeneutics of Paul Ricouer to construct a new, narrative approach to the philosophy and ethics of technology.

The authors take the reader on a journey: from a discussion of the philosophy of praxis, via a hermeneutic notion of technical practice that draws on MacIntyre, Heidegger and Ricoeur, through the virtue ethics of Vallor, and Ricoeur's ethical aim, to the eventual construction of a practice method which can guide ethics in research and innovation. In its creation of a compelling hermeneutic ethics of technology, the book offers a concrete framework for practitioners to incorporate ethics in everyday technical practice.

Wessel Reijers is a postdoctoral Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.Mark Coeckelbergh is a philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna, Austria, and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.
Product Details ISBN: 9783030602741
ISBN-10: 3030602745
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: December 9th, 2021
Pages: 214
Language: English