THE PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY: Globalization and ethical universals

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The philosophy of technology has a substantive role in constructing ethical universals during an era of globalization. It makes two major contributions to a new generation of media ethics: a critique of the prevailing view of technology as neutral and a human-centered theory of technology. Three applications are pertinent: (1) it prevents us from universals in the Enlightenment tradition; (2) it advocates including alternative technologies in universal theory; and (3) it demonstrates the need for transforming values through education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-737
Number of pages11
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • cybernetics
  • ethical universals
  • instrumentalism
  • media ethics
  • philosophy of technology
  • proto-norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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