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The Promise and Peril of Moral Technology
thesisposted on 2018-12-04, 02:50 authored by JAMES DECLAN MCGUIRE
This thesis draws on ethical theory, empirical psychology, and economics to motivate and sketch a deeply social and deeply environmental approach to moral improvement. It argues that this approach, called moral technology, could be used to encourage prosocial behaviour and mutually beneficial cooperation. The thesis also outlines and defends a promising standard to evaluate the moral acceptability of moral technology implementation. This standard is one of transparency. It is shown that there are compelling moral and social reasons to restrict the implementation of non-transparent moral technology.