Pragmatist Ethics for a Technological Culture

  • Jozef Keulartz
  • Michiel Korthals
  • Maartje Schermer
  • Tsjalling Swierstra

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jozef Keulartz, Michiel Korthals, Maartje Schermer, Tsjalling Swierstra
      Pages 3-21
  3. Technology and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Larry Hickman
      Pages 25-36
    3. Maartje Schermer, Jozef Keulartz
      Pages 41-68
    4. Guy Widdershoven, Lieke Van Der Scheer
      Pages 69-75
  4. The Status of Pragmatism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Peter-Paul Verbeek
      Pages 119-123
  5. Pragmatism and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Hans Harbers
      Pages 143-149
    3. Gerard De Vries
      Pages 151-164
    4. Jan Vorstenbosch
      Pages 165-170
    5. Henk Van Den Belt
      Pages 191-195
  6. Discourse Ethics and Deliberative Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Pieter Pekelharing
      Pages 217-221
    3. Tsjalling Swierstra
      Pages 223-240
    4. Rein De Wilde
      Pages 241-244
  7. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Jozef Keulartz, Michiel Korthals, Maartje Schermer, Tsjalling Swierstra
      Pages 247-264

About this book


Our technological culture has an extremely dynamic character: old ways of reproducing ourselves, managing nature and keeping animals are continually replaced by new ones; norms and values with respect to our bodies, food production, health care and environmental protection are regularly being put up for discussion. This constantly confronts us with new moral problems and dilemmas. In discussion with other approaches this book argues that pragmatism, with its strong emphasis on the interaction between technology and values, gives us both procedural help and stresses the importance of living and cooperating together in tackling these problems and dilemmas. The issues in this book include the interaction of technology and ethics, the status of pragmatism, the concept of practice, and discourse ethics and deliberative democracy. It has an interactive design, with original contributions alternating with critical comments. The book is of interest for students, scholars and policymakers in the fields of bioethics, animal ethics, environmental ethics, pragmatist philosophy and science and technology studies.


Medical Ethics bioethics biotechnology ethics health knowledge morality pragmatism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jozef Keulartz
    • 1
  • Michiel Korthals
    • 1
  • Maartje Schermer
    • 2
  • Tsjalling Swierstra
    • 3
  1. 1.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Twente UniversityEnschedeThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1115-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0301-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1570-3010
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