Computer Ethics: Constitutive and Consequential Morality

Computer Ethics: Constitutive and Consequential Morality

A. Raghuramaraju (University of Hyderabad, India)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-968-7.ch011
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This chapter introduces two distinct models of morality, namely, constitutive which is available in traditional moral philosophy and consequential which surrounds the present day computer ethics discourse. It shows how constitutive morality thoroughly rehearses possible problems arising out of new developments or introduction of new products before accepting a moral rule, whereas consequential morality, propelled by liberalism, allows freedom for new products without deliberation and attends to problems only when they arise. The chapter, looking from the point of view of constitutive morality, highlights some of the structural problems associated with computer ethics. In conclusion it suggests how societies, like India, that are not fully modern, can learn from both of these two models, thereby instituting additional terms to a new discipline like computer ethics.

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