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Society, Ethics, and Technology, Update Edition, 4th Edition

  • Morton Winston The College of New Jersey
  • Ralph Edelbach The College of New Jersey
  • ISBN-10: 084003380X  |  ISBN-13: 9780840033802
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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From the forefront of news today to your classroom, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY, 4e, UPDATE EDITION: Now with Technology and Ethics in the news and information on Engineering Ethics, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY stresses the latest technological innovations and how these advancements represent new ethical challenges and dilemmas for society as a whole. Winston/Edelbach's timely anthology closely examines technological change and its social consequences from a variety of historical, social, and philosophical perspectives. Your students gain a strong foundation in theoretical and applied ethical matters as they learn how to examine critically the social effects of technology surrounding their daily lives. In addition to highlighting ethical theory, readings assist students in establishing solid decision-making frameworks. Detailed coverage examines the impact of specific, recent technological advances, such as artificial intelligence and surveillance. Special coverage of the history of technology focuses on medieval and twentieth-century developments as well as the technological underpinnings of contemporary globalization. In addition to the history of technology, the book delves into what the future holds in areas such as human rights, information technology, biotechnology, energy, and the environment. Readings in this edition from prominent scholars and leaders focus on the most current issues and debates, while useful introductions and Focus Questions guide student comprehension. Additional readings, drawn from a variety of contemporary social issues, touch on numerous disciplines, from philosophy and sociology to engineering and computer science. This update edition now includes information on engineering ethics as well as summaries of recent news events with discussion and writing questions to help focus students' attention on the related ethical issues.

Features and Benefits

  • Balanced presentation of theoretical and applied topics: Broad coverage of both theoretical and applied topics ensures a balanced outlook and presentation that remains neither too abstract nor too superficial.
  • Introductions to readings: Introductions before each reading provide a context for students to better understand how the article’s topic relates to current debate.
  • Focus questions: Focus questions related to each selection direct students to important issues and lead them to valuable additional readings.

Table of Contents

Morton Winston, "Children of Invention Revisited."
David Landes, "The Invention of Invention." Ruth Schwartz Cowan, "Industrial Society and Technological Systems." David Edgerton, "The Shock of the Old." Rosalind Williams, "History as Technological Change."Richard Sclove, "Id Hammer Out Freedom: Technology as Politics and Culture." Langdon Winner, "Artifact/Ideas and Political Culture." Judy Wajcman, "Addressing Technological Change." Sheila Jasanoff, "Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Science." Ian Barbour, "Philosophy and Human Values."
Hans Jonas, "Technology and Responsibility: Reflections on the New Tasks of Ethics." Freeman Dyson, "Technology and Social Justice." Deborah Johnson and Thomas Powers, "Ethics and Technology: A Program for Future Research."
Thomas Friedman, "The World is Flat." Jagdish Bagwati, "In Defense of Globalization."
Joseph Stiglitz, "Making Globalization Work." International Forum on Globalization, "What Should be Off-Limits to Globalization." Cass R. Sunstein, "Many Working Minds." Max Boot, "The Consequences of the Information Revolution." Jay Stanley and Barry Steinhardt, "Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains." James S. Taylor, "In Praise of Big Brother."
William F. Clocksin, "Artificial Intelligence and the Future." Bill Joy, "Why the Future Doesnt Need Us." Ray Kurzweil, "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Ethics." Lee Silver, "A Glimpse of Things to Come." Leon Kass, "Preventing a Brave New World." Michael J. Sandel, "The Case Against Perfection." Claire Hope Cummings, "Trespass."Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Common." Stephen M. Gardiner, "Ethics and Global Climate Change."
Janet L. Sawin and Kristen Hughes, "Energizing Cities." Robert W. Kates, "The Nexus and the Neem Tree."
Appendix A: Society, Technology, and Ethics in the News
Appendix B: Enginnering Ethics

What's New

  • As this is an update edition, these features are from the current edition, with the exception of the last two, which are unique to the update edition.
  • Powerful introductory essay: This edition’s revised introductory essay by Morton Winston places students¿ study and the readings that follow into a meaningful context, providing a strong foundation on which the subsequent chapters will build.
  • Coverage of the latest ethics challenges: An expanded chapter on Information and Surveillance as well as an expanded chapter on Robotics and AI address some of the contemporary ethical dilemmas facing today’s society.
  • New readings by leading authorities: New readings in the areas of globalization, climate change, surveillance, robotics, and artificial intelligence by David Edgerton, Judy Wajcman, Sheila Jasanoff, Deborah Johnson and Thomas Powers, Thomas Friedman, Joseph Stiglitz, Cass R. Sunstein, Max Boot, James S. Taylor, Douglas Mulhall, William F. Clocksin, Stephen M. Gardiner, Janet L. Sawin, and Kristen Hughes introduce fresh insights and challenges.
  • Valuable course website: You can find your choice of cases and topics within the text’s companion website. This site includes a comprehensive archive of ethical case studies, while keeping this printed edition streamlined and focused.
  • This update edition now includes information on engineering ethics.
  • Summaries of recent news events with discussion and writing questions to help focus students' attention on the related ethical issues also appear in the update edition.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Morton Winston

Morton Winston is a professor of philosophy and chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies at the College of New Jersey. He teaches classes in bioethics, political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of technology, environmental ethics, genocide, and human rights. He has published several books and numerous articles on topics related to human rights, applied ethics, and cognitive science. Professor Winston has received three Fulbright Scholarships, to South Africa, Thailand, and Denmark, and has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Amnesty International.

Ralph Edelbach

Ralph Edelbach is an associate professor of technological studies at the College of New Jersey. He teaches classes on ethics and technology and is president of the College of New Jersey Federation of Teachers, Local 2364, AFT.