Why value sensitive design needs ethical commitments

Naomi Jacobs (Corresponding author), Alina Huldtgren

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Currently, value sensitive design (VSD) does not commit to a particular ethical theory. Critiques contend that without such an explicit commitment, VSD lacks a methodology for distinguishing genuine moral values from mere stakeholders-preferences and runs the risk of attending to a set of values that is unprincipled or unbounded. We argue that VSD practitioners need to complement it with an ethical theory. We argue in favour of a mid-level ethical theory to fulfil this role.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018


  • Applied ethics
  • Ethical theory
  • Ethics and technology
  • Value sensitive design

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