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The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives
The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives
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Robert J. Cavalier - Editor
Price: $86.50 
Hardcover - 257 pages
Release Date: February 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6345-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6345-1

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Paperback - 257 pages
Release Date: February 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6346-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6346-8

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Leading theorists explore how the Internet impacts privacy issues, sensitivity to wrongdoing, and cultural and personal identity.

Investigating the impact of the Internet from multiple philosophical perspectives, this book explores issues the Internet poses for our sense of privacy, sensitivity to wrongdoing, and our cultural and personal identity. The electronic culture that influences almost every aspect of our daily lives offers new ethical challenges and creates new areas for philosophical reflection on these challenges. Contributors explore topics such as copyright and intellectual property, trust, student cheating, pornography, and human agency, and the positive and negative impact that the Internet has on our ability to flourish as human beings. These essays provide a fresh perspective and contribute to the ongoing conversation about the philosophical meaning of the Information Age.

“…prompt[s] the reader to ask questions not about the object itself (the Internet) but about how we conduct analyses of potentially new objects and actions … The value of this collection … rests not so much in its direct application to composition but rather in how it encourages us to consider the way we frame ethical questions themselves and where we look to explain ethical challenges.” — JAC

“This volume would make a useful addition to any graduate course on ethics and information technology. It belongs in all academic collections.” — Journal of Information Ethics

"Philosophers are calling on a range of ethical traditions, from Aristotle to Habermas and beyond, in the attempt to make ethical sense of the Internet's new patterns of information and exchange. This is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking collection of some of the best contemporary work on the pressing ethical issues raised by the new information technologies." — Patrick Grim, Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Contributors include Terrell Ward Bynum, Robert J. Cavalier, Susan Dwyer, Charles Ess, Luciano Floridi, Lawrence M. Hinman, James H. Moor, Helen Nissenbaum, J.W. Sanders, Richard A. Spinello, Herman T. Tavani, and John Weckert.

Robert J. Cavalier is Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the coeditor (with James Gouinlock and James P. Sterba) of Ethics in the History of Western Philosophy.


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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Robert J. Cavalier

PART I

1. Norbert Wiener's Vision: The Impact of the "Automatic Age" on Our Moral Lives
Terrell Ward Bynum

2. Beyond Copyright: A Moral Investigation of Intellectual Property Protection in Cyberspace
Richard A. Spinello

3. Virtual Virtues: Reflections on Academic Integrity in the Age of the Internet
Lawrence M. Hinman

4. Enter Here—At Your Own Risk: The Moral Dangers of Cyberporn
Susan Dwyer

5. Trust in Cyberspace
John Weckert

PART II

6. Should We Let Computers Get Under Our Skin?
James H. Moor

7. Hackers and the Contested Ontology of Cyberspace
Helen Nissenbaum

8. Moral Imperatives for Life in an Intercultural Global Village
Charles Ess

9. Internet Ethics: The Constructionist Values of Homo Poieticus
Luciano Floridi and J. W. Sanders

10. The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Condition: Do We Need a New Framework of Ethics?
Herman T. Tavani

CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX



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