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The Ethics of Technology: A Geometric Analysis of Five Moral Principles

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2017.10.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Martin Peterson, The Ethics of Technology: A Geometric Analysis of Five Moral Principles, Oxford University Press, 2017, 252pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190652265. Reviewed by Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame Mathematical methods like benefit-cost analysis, decision theory, and quantitative risk assessment have enhanced ethical clarity and problem-solving, especially in the hands of philosophers like Oxford's John Broome, California's Nancy Cartwright, Columbia's Isaac Levi, California's Carl Cranor, and Virginia Tech's Deborah Mayo. Would geometrical methods be equally helpful in ethics? Peterson thinks so and offers a "geometric method" for ethical decision-making (13). While Spinoza attempted to apply Euclid's method to philosophy by deriving many propositions from a few axioms and definitions, Peterson's method "derives its normative force from the Aristotelian dictum" that agents. . .

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