Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 225–237

The relationship between the uniqueness of computer ethics and its independence as a discipline in applied ethics

  • Kenneth Einar Himma
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017733.41586.34

Cite this article as:
Himma, K.E. Ethics and Information Technology (2003) 5: 225. doi:10.1023/B:ETIN.0000017733.41586.34

Abstract

A number of different uniquenessclaims have been made about computer ethics inorder to justify characterizing it as adistinct subdiscipline of applied ethics. Iconsider several different interpretations ofthese claims and argue, first, that none areplausible and, second, that none provideadequate justification for characterizingcomputer ethics as a distinct subdiscipline ofapplied ethics. Even so, I argue that computerethics shares certain important characteristicswith medical ethics that justifies treatingboth as separate subdisciplines of appliedethics.

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