Computer Ethics and Moral Methodology

Jeroen van den Hoven


In computer ethics, as in other branches of applied ethics, the problem of the justification of moral judgements is still unresolved. I argue that the method which is referred to as “The Method of Wide Reflective Equilibrium” (WRE) offers the best solution to it. It does not fall victim to accepting the ‘false dilemma of case-based particularist and principle-based universalist approaches. WRE provides an adequate model of practical moral reasoning for computer ethics without any false pretenses of quasi-algorithmic procedures of moral decision making, but also without abandoning the regulative ideal of discursive public justification.