Technology and the Virtues
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Technology and the Virtues

Technology and the Virtues

A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting

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New technologies from artificial intelligence to drones, and biomedical enhancement make the future of the human family increasingly hard to predict and protect. This book explores how the philosophical tradition of virtue ethics can help us to cultivate the moral wisdom we need to live wisely and well with emerging technologies.
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Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield
Vallor bursts virtue ethics into 21st century relevance with her technomoral analyses. This is a wonderfully written and engaging tour de force that leaves few technological stones unturned. You certainly don't need to be a philosopher to understand Vallor's persuasive account of how to lead the good life in a world littered with ever new techno-pitfalls. It is a must read for everyone involved in the creation and governance of new technology.

Carl Mitcham, Renmin University of China
Shannon Vallor's book, which she appropriately previewed at a conference in China, is an insightful effort to think virtue from both Western and Eastern traditions and bring it to bear in the techno-lifeworld. It cannot help but challenge all of us who live in this world to think more deeply about who we are and what we are doing.

Deborah G. Johnson, Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Chair of Applied Ethics, University of Virginia
Technology and the Virtues is the first extended analysis of technology and ethics drawing on virtue theory. Vallor has made an extraordinary contribution to the philosophy of technology that will have long-lasting influence. The book has it all: current relevance, philosophical depth and rigor, sociotechnical understanding of technology, practical implications, and lucid and engaging prose.

With insight, erudition, and dare I say wisdom, Shannon Vallor makes the classical virtue ethics of Confucius, Aristotle, and the Buddha a hot topic for this technological age. Creatively and convincingly she demonstrates that technomoral virtues are essential for navigating the contemporary landscape being shaped by social networks, robots, and biotechnologies." - Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master and Chair of the Technology and Ethics Study
Group at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

How to live well with emerging technologies that will radically change our lives is one of the main issues of contemporary moral theory. The book Technology and the Virtues by Shannon Vallor is a welcomed attempt to answer this question...the book is very interesting, as it highlights a number of differences in a debate that, while being global, shows how different, culturally determined discourses can be developed.

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Shannon Vallor makes a compelling argument for renewing the cultivation of the virtues in order to meet the challenges of our technological age...Vallor takes a comprehensive approach, addressing both theory and applications...The cumulative case is quite impressive. Vallor ranges over three widely diverse moral traditions from the ancient world, then connects their concerns with the intricacies of urgent contemporary problems...Students and scholars of both the
virtues and technology will find a great deal to interest ...

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Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor in Philosophy at Santa Clara University, with a research and teaching focus on the philosophy of science and technology. She is President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, and recipient of the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. Her current research examines the impact of emerging technologies on human moral character and virtues.


Introduction: Envisioning the Good Life in the 21st Century and Beyond Part I: Foundations for a Technomoral Virtue Ethic Chapter One: Virtue Ethics, Technology and Human Flourishing Chapter Two: The Case for a Global Technomoral Virtue Ethic Part II: Cultivating the Technomoral Self: Classical Virtue Traditions as a Contemporary Guide Chapter Three: The Practice of Moral Self-Cultivation in Classical Virtue Traditions Chapter Four: Cultivating the Foundations of Technomoral Virtue Chapter Five: Completing the Circle with Technomoral Wisdom Chapter Six: Technomoral Wisdom for an Uncertain Future: 21st Century Virtues Part III: Meeting the Future with Technomoral Wisdom, Or How to Live Well with Emerging Technologies Chapter Seven: New Social Media and the Technomoral Virtues Chapter Eight: Surveillance and the Examined Life: Cultivating the Technomoral Self in a Panoptic World Chapter Nine: Robots at War and at Home: Preserving the Technomoral Virtues of Care and Courage Chapter Ten: Knowing What to Wish For: Technomoral Wisdom and Human Enhancement Technology Epilogue References