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The Ethics of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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Information ethics and the foundationalist debate

Information ethics and the foundationalist debate

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(p.86) 5 Information ethics and the foundationalist debate
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The Ethics of Information
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Luciano Floridi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.003.0005

This chapter has two meta-theoretical goals: proposing a solution to the so-called ‘uniqueness debate’ and clarifying further the nature of IE. I start by discussing Moor’s classic interpretation of the need for CE caused by a policy and conceptual vacuum. I then identify and discuss five positions in the literature that address the aforementioned vacuum, and in the course of the analysis, I review the uniqueness debate. The main thesis supported in this chapter, already formulated in Chapter 4, is that, although CE issues are not uncontroversially unique, they are sufficiently novel to render inadequate the adoption of standard macroethics, such as consequentialism and deontologism, as the foundation of CE and, hence, to prompt the search for an alternative ethical theory. I then propose that IE is the theory that can satisfy the conditions needed to serve as a satisfactory foundation for CE.

Keywords:   uniqueness debate, applied ethics, professional ethics

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