Infosphere to ethosphere: Moral mediators in the nonviolent transformation of self and world

Jeffrey Benjamin White*

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Abstract

This paper reviews the complex, overlapping ideas of two prominent Italian philosophers, Lorenzo Magnani and Luciano Floridi, with the aim of facilitating the nonviolent transformation of self and world, and with a focus on information technologies in mediating this process. In Floridi's information ethics, problems of consistency arise between self-poiesis, anagnorisis, entropy, evil, and the narrative structure of the world. Solutions come from Magnani's work in distributed morality, moral mediators, moral bubbles and moral disengagement. Finally, two examples of information technology, one ancient and one new, a Socratic narrative and an information processing model of moral cognition, are offered as mediators for the nonviolent transformation of self and world respectively, while avoiding the tragic requirements inherent in Floridi's proposal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoral, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas in the Age of Technology
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Practice
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter15
Pages215-233
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781466629325
ISBN (Print)1466629312, 9781466629318
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

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    White, J. B. (2013). Infosphere to ethosphere: Moral mediators in the nonviolent transformation of self and world. In Moral, Ethical, and Social Dilemmas in the Age of Technology: Theories and Practice (pp. 215-233). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2931-8.ch015