The Moral Dimensions of Infrastructure
Moral issues in urban planning involving technology, residents, marginalized groups, ecosystems, and future generations are complex cases, requiring solutions that go beyond the limits of contemporary moral theory. Aside from typical planning problems, there is incongruence between moral theory and some of the subjects that require moral assessment, such as urban infrastructure. Despite this incongruence, there is not a need to develop another moral theory. Instead, a supplemental measure that is compatible with existing moral positions will suffice. My primary goal in this paper is to explain the need for this supplemental measure, describe what one looks like, and show how it works with existing moral systems. The secondary goal is to show that creating a supplemental measure that provides congruency between moral systems that are designed to assess human action and non-human subjects advances the study of moral theory.
Epting, S. R. (2016). The Moral Dimensions of Infrastructure. Science and Engineering Ethics, 22(2), pp. 435-449. Springer Netherlands.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-015-9663-z
Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Keywords and Phrases
Infrastructure; Moral Theory; Philosophy of the City; Urban Planning
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Article - Journal
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01 Apr 2016