Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics

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The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics Luciano Floridi, ed. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. 342 pp. $39.99

The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics is most useful as a brief but substantial overview of a field of applied ethics that has been formally identified and described over the last thirty plus years in a variety of ways. The chapter titles mostly use the term "computer ethics" reflecting the initial popularity of that term in academic courses and scholarly discourse taking root in departments of philosophy and computer science. The variations illustrate the years when many phrases were in contention for favor and permanence. In these selections, by Floridi, veterans (Alison Adam, Philip Brey, Charles Ess, Herman Tavani, John Weckert), and a few scholars more recently in the field, readers will get a broad perspective starting with the early days and hinting at topics on the horizons. …

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