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Machine Question Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics

ISBN-10: 0262017431

ISBN-13: 9780262017435

Edition: 2012

Authors: David J. Gunkel

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One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Much recent attention has been devoted to the "animal question"--consideration of the moral status of nonhuman animals. In this book, David Gunkel takes up the "machine question": whether and to what extent intelligent and autonomous machines of our own making can be considered to have legitimate moral responsibilities and any legitimate claim to moral consideration. The machine question poses a fundamental challenge to moral thinking, questioning the traditional philosophical conceptualization of technology as a tool or instrument to be used by human agents. Gunkel begins by addressing the question of machine moral agency: whether a machine might be considered a legitimate moral agent that could be held responsible for decisions and actions. He then approaches the machine question from the other side, considering whether a machine might be a moral patient due legitimate moral consideration. Finally, Gunkel considers some recent innovations in moral philosophy and critical theory that complicate the machine question, deconstructing the binary agent--patient opposition itself. Technological advances may prompt us to wonder if the science fiction of computers and robots whose actions affect their human companions (think of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey) could become science fact. Gunkel's argument promises to influence future considerations of ethics, ourselves, and the other entities who inhabit this world.
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Moral Agency
Introduction
Agency
The Mechanisms of Exclusion
The Mechanisms of Inclusion
Personal Properties
Turing Tests and Other Demonstrations
Personal Problems and Alternatives
Rethinking Moral Agency
Functional Morality
Summary
Moral Patiency
Introduction
Patient-Oriented Approaches
The Question of the Animal
Terminological Problems
Epistemological Problems
Ethical Problems
Methodological Problems
Information Ethics
Summary
Thinking Otherwise
Introduction
Decentering the Subject
The Ethics of Social Construction
Another Alternative
The Animal Other
Other Things
Machinic Others
Ulterior Morals
Notes
References
Index