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Philosophic Thoughts

Essays on Logic and Philosophy


Gary James Jason

Philosophic Thoughts: Essays on Logic and Philosophy comprises a collection of essays on logic and philosophy. The first section features essays that address issues in informal logic, such as the question of whether fallacies are common and the nature of the ad baculum and ad hominem fallacies. The section also includes essays on formal dialogue logic and its applications in computer science. The second section contains articles on epistemology and philosophy of science, including issues surrounding induction, the role of error in computer science, the relation of science to common sense, and the concept of discovery. The third section features ethical issues – from the sketching out of an ethical theory to the discussion of a variety of ethical issues, such as the ethics of organ sales, tort reform, free trade, and computer ethics. The final section includes essays on a number of miscellaneous issues, such as using thought experiments to teach philosophy, the soul-making defense against the problem of free will, and the limitations of postmodern philosophy.
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27. “On the Nonexistence of Computer Ethics”


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“On the Nonexistence of Computer Ethics”

first appeared in Social Philosophy Today, Vol. 4 (1990), pp. 197–206

So-called “applied philosophy” has been something of a growth industry over the last decade. There has been a rapid proliferation of journals, books, conferences and so on, devoted to medical ethics, animal rights, philosophy of ecology, philosophy of sport, business ethics, and philosophy of sex and love. The most recent addition to this growth industry is “computer ethics”. In this paper I will defend the curmudgeonly thesis that there is no such subject as computer ethics. Specifically, it is my view that while computers may, or may not, be of professional interest to epistemologists and metaphysicians, they should be of no particular interest to moral theorists.

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