The Morality of Urban Mobility: Technology and Philosophy of the City


Cities’ transportation systems affect people, ecosystems, and future generations, and they increase tensions between historical preservation, social justice concerns, and future needs. In turn, all of these factors deserve consideration, but not equally. A just and moral way forward must prioritize values in how we give preference in planning decisions.

Shane Epting illustrates that the problem of “moral prioritization” rests at the heart of these problems. To overcome such challenges, he develops a multitiered assessment system that shows how to evaluate complicated affairs in urban mobility. This book brings philosophical underpinnings of public works into full view, showing how the love of wisdom benefits the ongoing and future transportation issues of our increasingly urbanized world.


Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-1-78660-819-2; 978-1-78660-821-5

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Document Version


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Table of Contents

Foreword, Lewis R. Gordon

  1. The Road Ahead
  2. Moving and Thinking
  3. Thinking, Moving, and Parts
  4. Moving, Parts, and Morality
  5. The Pathway to Moral Ordering
  6. Moral Prioritization in Urban Mobility
  7. Love, Respect, and Urban Mobility
  8. Moving, Thinking, and Co-planning
  9. Moral Ordering and Worthwhile Goals
  10. Thinking, Moving, and the Future


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Publication Date

15 Jul 2021