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Morality and Technology

Morality and Technology Technology is always limited to the realm of means, while morality is supposed to dealwith ends. In this theoretical article about comparing those two regimes of enunciation,it is argued that technology is on the contrary characterized by the `ends of means' thatis the impossibility of being limited to tools; technical artefacts are never tools ifwhat is meant by this is a transmission of function in a mastered way. Once thismodification of the meaning of technology is accepted, then it is possible to relatetechnology, in a totally different way, to morality which is not about values, but aboutthe exploration of ends. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Theory, Culture & Society" SAGE

Morality and Technology

"Theory, Culture & Society" , Volume 19 (5-6): 14 – Dec 1, 2002

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SAGE
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0263-2764
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1460-3616
DOI
10.1177/026327602761899246
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Abstract

Technology is always limited to the realm of means, while morality is supposed to dealwith ends. In this theoretical article about comparing those two regimes of enunciation,it is argued that technology is on the contrary characterized by the `ends of means' thatis the impossibility of being limited to tools; technical artefacts are never tools ifwhat is meant by this is a transmission of function in a mastered way. Once thismodification of the meaning of technology is accepted, then it is possible to relatetechnology, in a totally different way, to morality which is not about values, but aboutthe exploration of ends.

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"Theory, Culture & Society"SAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2002

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