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A heuristic of moral imagination

Siebrand, E. (2007) A heuristic of moral imagination.

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Abstract:In order to avoid irreversible impacts of technology on society, it is important to use technology assessment as an early warning function. In reflection on future scenarios, we should not just question the desirability of a future technology, but also of a future morality. We should reflect on a different morality as well. The moral routines we use in everyday life moral deliberation, prevent us from doing so. We should think outside these moral routines in order to make reflexive ethics of technology possible. Scenarios providing different moralities engage mental energy, invite to self criticism, reflection and the judging of prejudices. This mental energy might help us to think outside our moral routines. Using narratives might be the best solution since they can show how technology can change morality and at the same time trigger the readers’ imagination. The problem is that not all narratives necessarily stimulate imagination. This means a ‘tool’ is needed which helps authors to optimize narratives for stimulating the readers’ imagination.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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