Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor in Philosophy at Santa Clara University, with a research and teaching focus on the philosophy of science and technology. She is President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, and recipient of the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. Her current research examines the impact of emerging technologies on human moral character and virtues.
"The book is an excellent contribution to moral philosophy, applied ethics and ethics of technology. In addition, I can imagine fruitful connections to other fields; e.g., to political philosophy and development economics, to discuss the roles of policies and institutions in enabling people to cultivate relevant virtues and extend relevant human capabilities, or to moral psychology or computer-human interaction, to empirically study the ways in which people may cultivate virtues in interaction with technologies." -- Marc Steen, Journal of Moral Philosophy

"Vallor bursts virtue ethics into 21st century relevance with her technomoral analyses. This is a wonderfully written and engaging tour de force that leaves few technological stones unturned. You certainly don't need to be a philosopher to understand Vallor's persuasive account of how to lead the good life in a world littered with ever new techno-pitfalls. It is a must read for everyone involved in the creation and governance of new technology." -- Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield

"Shannon Vallor's book, which she appropriately previewed at a conference in China, is an insightful effort to think virtue from both Western and Eastern traditions and bring it to bear in the techno-lifeworld. It cannot help but challenge all of us who live in this world to think more deeply about who we are and what we are doing."-- Carl Mitcham, Renmin University of China

"Technology and the Virtues is the first extended analysis of technology and ethics drawing on virtue theory. Vallor has made an extraordinary contribution to the philosophy of technology that will have long-lasting influence. The book has it all: current relevance, philosophical depth and rigor, sociotechnical understanding of technology, practical implications, and lucid and engaging prose."-- Deborah G. Johnson, Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Chair of Applied Ethics, University of Virginia

"With insight, erudition, and dare I say wisdom, Shannon Vallor makes the classical virtue ethics of Confucius, Aristotle, and the Buddha a hot topic for this technological age. Creatively and convincingly she demonstrates that technomoral virtues are essential for navigating the contemporary landscape being shaped by social networks, robots, and biotechnologies." - Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master and Chair of the Technology and Ethics Study Group at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

"How to live well with emerging technologies that will radically change our lives is one of the main issues of contemporary moral theory. The book Technology and the Virtues by Shannon Vallor is a welcomed attempt to answer this question...the book is very interesting, as it highlights a number of differences in a debate that, while being global, shows how different, culturally determined discourses can be developed." --Metascience

"Shannon Vallor makes a compelling argument for renewing the cultivation of the virtues in order to meet the challenges of our technological age...Vallor takes a comprehensive approach, addressing both theory and applications...The cumulative case is quite impressive. Vallor ranges over three widely diverse moral traditions from the ancient world, then connects their concerns with the intricacies of urgent contemporary problems...Students and scholars of both the virtues and technology will find a great deal to interest and stimulate them here. Moreover, Vallor's book captures the special blend of excitement and precariousness that is woven into our lives today by our use and reliance on constantly changing technology." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Technology and the Virtues is a valuable contribution to both virtue theory and philosophy of technology; those working at the intersection of these fields will need to take Vallor's work into account. At the same time, the book would work well in the classroom. Vallor leads her reader from the basics of virtue theory, through key virtue ethical traditions and new technosocial virtues, to compelling discussions of the application of virtue ethics--and technosocial virtues--to emerging technologies...As a starting point for investigating the application of virtue theory to technology, one would be hard-pressed to find a better option than this ambitious volume." -- Ethics