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The Ethics of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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The constructionist values of homo poieticus

The constructionist values of homo poieticus

(p.161) 8 The constructionist values of homo poieticus
The Ethics of Information

Luciano Floridi

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, I argue that the infosphere is an increasingly poietically enabling environment, which both enhances and requires the development of an information ethics understood as a ‘constructionist ethics’ for morally responsible agents. Human agents, both as individuals and as multiagent systems belong to the class of responsible moral agents, so a constructionist ethics concerns them primarily and directly; not only them, however, because if there are any other kinds of responsible agents, the same constructionist ethics will concern them too. Only agents who are indifferent to the world—such as Aristotle’s unmoved mover or Spinoza’s natura naturans—are at most accountable, though not responsible, for what happens to it and hence fail to be addressed by a construction IE.

Keywords:   macroethics, virtue ethics, ecopoiesis, infosphere, open source, digital arts, virtual communities, constructionism; homo poieticus

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