Disruptive Innovation and Moral Uncertainty

Philip J. Nickel (Corresponding author)

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This paper develops a philosophical account of moral disruption. According to Robert Baker, moral disruption is a process in which technological innovations undermine established moral norms without clearly leading to a new set of norms. Here I analyze this process in terms of moral uncertainty, formulating a philosophical account with two variants. On the harm account, such uncertainty is always harmful because it blocks our knowledge of our own and others’ moral obligations. On the qualified harm account, there is no harm in cases where moral uncertainty is related to innovation that is “for the best” in historical perspective or where uncertainty is the expression of a deliberative virtue. The two accounts are compared by applying them to Baker’s historical case of the introduction of mechanical ventilation and organ transplantation technologies, as well as the present-day case of mass data practices in the health domain.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)259-269
Aantal pagina's11
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum1 okt 2020
StatusGepubliceerd - dec 2020


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