Designing in Ethics (2017)

By Jeroen van den Hoven, Seumas Miller and Thomas Pogge

Book Cover: Designing in Ethics (2017)

Many of our interactions in the twenty-first century - both good and bad - take place by means of institutions, technology, and artefacts. We inhabit a world of implements, instruments, devices, systems, gadgets, and infrastructures. Technology is not only something that we make, but is also something that in many ways makes us. The discipline of ethics must take this constitutive feature of institutions and technology into account; thus, ethics must in turn be embedded in our institutions and technology. The contributors to this book argue that the methodology of 'designing in ethics' - addressing and resolving the issues raised by technology through the use of appropriate technological design - is the way to achieve this integration. They apply their original methodology to a wide range of institutions and technologies, using case studies from the fields of healthcare, media and security. Their volume will be important for philosophical practitioners and theorists alike.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  1. The design turn in applied ethics (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  2. Designing responsibility: the problem of many hands in complex organizations (Dennis Thompson)
  3. Dealing with moral dilemmas through design (Ibo van de Poel)
  4. Designing the morality of things: the ethics of behavior-guiding technology (Peter-Paul Verbeek)
  5. The health impact fund: enhancing justice and efficiency in global health (Thomas Pogge)
  6. Poverty, exclusion and the design of microfinance institutions (Tom Sorell)
  7. Designing-in-ethics: a compulsory retirement savings system (Seumas Miller)
  8. Pacifism: designing a moral defence force (Andrew Alexandra)
  9. An anti-corruption system for police organizations (Seumas Miller)
  10. Good governance for the commons: design for legitimacy (Theo Toonen and Neelke Doorn)
  11. Why architects should design beautiful things (Christian Illies and Nick Ray)