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Humanist Archives: Jan. 27, 2022, 6:55 a.m. Humanist 35.495 - kinds of ethics?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 495.
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        Date: 2022-01-26 08:22:27+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: what kinds of ethics?

What kinds of philosophical ethics are actively pursued in digital
humanities currently or are waiting to be noticed and developed? There
are surely ethical aspects of how machines are applied, the effects they
have and so on. My interest, however, is specifically in ethics whose
ways, procedures and practices can be operationalised. I suppose an
obvious answer is at the crossover of ethics into therapeutic practices,
developed e.g. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A good example is
Donald Robertson's The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Stoic
Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010) and Albert
Ellis and Windy Dryden, The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior
Therapy (2nd edn, 1997). Neither of these even notice the potential
relation between an ethical programme and a program, as it were.

Where in this area does a philosophically and therapeutically
respectable potential for computational work lie? How must we regard the
relation betwen human and machine for it to be so?


Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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