Research Article

Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 67-86

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Dao, Harmony and Personhood: Towards a Confucian Ethics of Technology

  • Pak-Hang WongAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Twente Email author 


A closer look at the theories and questions in philosophy of technology and ethics of technology shows the absence and marginality of non-Western philosophical traditions in the discussions. Although, increasingly, some philosophers have sought to introduce non-Western philosophical traditions into the debates, there are few systematic attempts to construct and articulate general accounts of ethics and technology based on other philosophical traditions. This situation is understandable, for the questions of modern sciences and technologies appear to be originated from the West; at the same time, the situation is undesirable. The overall aim of this paper, therefore, is to introduce an alternative account of ethics of technology based on the Confucian tradition. In doing so, it is hoped that the current paper can initiate a relatively uncharted field in philosophy of technology and ethics of technology.


Chinese philosophy Confucian ethics Virtue ethics Role-based ethics Social role Ethics of technology Amelioration