Moral uncertainty in technomoral change: Bridging the Expl anatory Gap

Philip J. Nickel, Olya Kudina, Ibo van de Poel

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This paper explores the role of moral uncertainty in explaining the morally disruptive character of new technologies. We argue that existing accounts of technomoral change do not fully explain its disruptiveness. This explanatory gap can be bridged by examining the epistemic dimensions of technomoral change, focusing on moral uncertainty and inquiry. To develop this account, we examine three historical cases: the introduction of the early pregnancy test, the contraception pill, and brain death. The resulting account highlights what we call “differential disruption” and provides a resource for fields such as technology assessment, ethics of technology, and responsible innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-283
Number of pages24
JournalPerspectives on Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2022


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