Metaethics in context of engineering ethical and moral systems

L.E. Frank, M. Klincewicz

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It is not clear to what the projects of creating an artificial intelligence (AI) that does ethics, is moral, or makes moral judgments amounts. In this paper we discuss some of the extant metaethical theories and debates in moral philosophy by which such projects should be informed, specifically focusing on the project of creating an AI that makes moral judgments. We argue that the scope and aims of that project depend a great deal on antecedent metaethical commitments. Metaethics, therefore, plays the role of an Archimedean fulcrum in this context, very much like the Archimedean role that it is often taken to take in context of normative ethics (Dworkin 1996; Dreier 2002; Fantl 2006; Ehrenberg 2008).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report, 21-23 March 2016, Palo Alto, California
Place of PublicationPalo Alto, CA
PublisherAAAI Press
Number of pages6
VolumeSS-16-01 - 07
ISBN (Print)9781577357544
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 AAAI Spring Symposium - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 201623 Mar 2016


Conference2016 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto


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