Dao, harmony and personhood: towards a Confucian ethics of technology

Pak-Hang Wong

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A closer look at the theories and questions in philosophy of technology and ethics of technology shows the absence and marginality of non-Western philosophical traditions in the discussions. Although, increasingly, some philosophers have sought to introduce non-Western philosophical traditions into the debates, there are few systematic attempts to construct and articulate general accounts of ethics and technology based on other philosophical traditions. This situation is understandable, for the questions of modern sciences and technologies appear to be originated from the West; at the same time, the situation is undesirable. The overall aim of this paper, therefore, is to introduce an alternative account of ethics of technology based on the Confucian tradition. In doing so, it is hoped that the current paper can initiate a relatively uncharted field in philosophy of technology and ethics of technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
JournalPhilosophy & technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Confucian ethics
  • IR-85564
  • Chinese philosophy
  • METIS-279292
  • Amelioration
  • Ethics of technology
  • Role-based ethics
  • Virtue ethics
  • Social role


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