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Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 305–316 | Cite as

Technology and the Virtues: a Response to My Critics

  • Shannon Vallor
Book Review

The thoughtful and highly constructive commentaries from Don Howard, Emily McRae and Howard Curzer on my book, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting, are a pleasure to grapple with. I sincerely thank Diane P. Michelfelder for organizing their publication, and for proposing and moderating the special author-meets-critics session at the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division meeting in Kansas City, Missouri in March 2017, at which these commentaries were originally given. I also wish to thank all three contributors for their careful critical insights, which I will examine in turn and then offer some overarching thoughts and questions in reply.

I will begin with Emily McRae’s remarks because they have a very specific focus from which the broader critical discussion can expand, namely the role that Buddhist virtue ethics plays in what she sees as a primarily neo-Aristotelian philosophical project. I will then offer a response to Howard...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor, Department of PhilosophySanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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