The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives

Edited by Robert J. Cavalier

Subjects: Philosophy, Ethics, Computers, Communication
Paperback : 9780791463468, 257 pages, February 2005
Hardcover : 9780791463451, 257 pages, February 2005

Table of contents

Robert J. Cavalier


1. Norbert Wiener's Vision: The Impact of the "Automatic Age" on Our Moral Lives
Terrell Ward Bynum

2. Beyond Copyright: A Moral Investigation of Intellectual Property Protection in Cyberspace
Richard A. Spinello

3. Virtual Virtues: Reflections on Academic Integrity in the Age of the Internet
Lawrence M. Hinman

4. Enter HereĀ—At Your Own Risk: The Moral Dangers of Cyberporn
Susan Dwyer

5. Trust in Cyberspace
John Weckert


6. Should We Let Computers Get Under Our Skin?
James H. Moor

7. Hackers and the Contested Ontology of Cyberspace
Helen Nissenbaum

8. Moral Imperatives for Life in an Intercultural Global Village
Charles Ess

9. Internet Ethics: The Constructionist Values of Homo Poieticus
Luciano Floridi and J. W. Sanders

10. The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Condition: Do We Need a New Framework of Ethics?
Herman T. Tavani



Leading theorists explore how the Internet impacts privacy issues, sensitivity to wrongdoing, and cultural and personal identity.


Investigating the impact of the Internet from multiple philosophical perspectives, this book explores issues the Internet poses for our sense of privacy, sensitivity to wrongdoing, and our cultural and personal identity. The electronic culture that influences almost every aspect of our daily lives offers new ethical challenges and creates new areas for philosophical reflection on these challenges. Contributors explore topics such as copyright and intellectual property, trust, student cheating, pornography, human agency, and the positive and negative impact that the Internet has on our ability to flourish as human beings. These essays provide a fresh perspective and contribute to the ongoing conversation about the philosophical meaning of the Information Age.

Robert J. Cavalier is Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the coeditor (with James Gouinlock and James P. Sterba) of Ethics in the History of Western Philosophy.