Special Issue

Knowledge, Technology & Policy

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 135-147

First online:

Floridi’s Fourth Revolution and the Demise of Ethics

  • Michael ByronAffiliated withPhilosophy Department, Kent State University Email author 

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Luciano Floridi has proposed that we are on the cusp of a fourth revolution in human self-understanding. The information revolution with its prospect of digitally enhancing human beings opens the door to engineering human nature. Floridi has emphasized the importance of making this transition as ethically smooth as possible. He is quite right to worry about ethics after the fourth revolution. The coming revolution, if it unfolds as he envisions, spells the demise of traditional ethical theorizing.


Luciano Floridi Fourth revolution Consequentialism Deontology Virtue ethics Eudaimonism Information ethics