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by David Price Nov 18, 2020

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An Introduction to Ethics in Robotics and AI

Christoph Bartneck, Christoph Lütge, Alan Wagner, Sean Welsh
Springer, 2021

This book provides an introduction into the ethics of robots and artificial intelligence. The book was written with university students, policy makers, and professionals in mind but should be accessible for most adults. The book is meant to provide balanced and, at times, conflicting viewpoints as to the benefits and deficits of AI through the lens of ethics. As discussed in the chapters that follow, ethical questions are often not cut and dry. Nations, communities, and individuals may have unique and important perspectives on these topics that should be heard and considered. While the voices that compose this book are the authors, they have attempted to represent the views of the broader AI, robotics, and ethics communities.

EngelsBookTestThe Ethics of Oneness: Emerson, Whitman,
and the Bhagavad Gita

Jeremy David Engels
Chicago University Press, 2021

In The Ethics of Oneness, Jeremy David Engels reads the Bhagavad Gita alongside the works of American thinkers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. Drawing on this rich combination of traditions, Engels presents the notion that individuals are fundamentally interconnected in their shared divinity. In other words, everything is one. If the lessons of oneness are taken to heart, particularly as they were expressed and celebrated by Whitman, and the ethical challenges of oneness considered seriously, Engels thinks it is possible to counter the pervasive and problematic American ideals of hierarchy, exclusion, violence, and domination. 


Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice (Third Edition)

Patrick Lee Plaisance
Cognella Academic Publishing, 2021

 Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice equips students with the knowledge and critical skill sets they need to develop a solid foundation in ethical thinking and responsible media behavior. The text balances ethics theory with case studies to explain key ethical principles and their application in real-world media practice.

The book introduces classical and contemporary ethics theory and helps students develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the deliberative process required for responsible media practice. Dedicated chapters address key ethical principles including transparency, justice, harm, autonomy, privacy, and community. Case studies throughout the book provide examples of media behaviors that have posed real-life dilemmas. These contemporary examples underscore the need for ethical media practice and also set the stage for lively debate and reflection.

Rock Ethics Institute Assistant Director Ben JonesApocalypse without God: Apocalyptic Thought,
Ideal Politics, and the Limits of Utopian Hope

Apocalypse without God argues that we can gain insight into apocalyptic thought by studying it through the eyes of secular thinkers. It starts with a puzzle: why would secular thinkers find in Christian apocalyptic beliefs—often dismissed as bizarre—appealing tools for interpreting politics? To answer that question, it examines how three theorists with secular conceptions of politics—Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Engels—engage with Christian apocalyptic thought, and how such thought still influences politics today.

The apocalyptic tradition proves appealing, in part, because it theorizes a special relation between crisis and utopia. A persistent hope and challenge in political philosophy is imagining a path from the imperfect present to a seemingly unattainable ideal society. To solve this challenge, apocalyptic thought points to crisis as the vehicle that creates new opportunities and brings the previously impossible within reach. Though apocalyptic thought brings to mind doomsday visions, its appeal for political philosophy lies just as much in its visions of utopia. Apocalyptic thought offers apparent resources for navigating challenges that arise in ideal theory, which tries to imagine the best and most just society. By examining apocalyptic thought’s appeal and risks, this study ultimately arrives at new insights on the limits of ideal theory and utopian hope.

Ethics Of PolicingThe Ethics of Policing: New Perspectives on Law Enforcement

Ben Jones and Eduardo Mendieta, eds.
New York University Press, forthcoming

From George Floyd to Breonna Taylor, the brutal deaths of Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement have brought race and policing to the forefront of national debate in the United States. In The Ethics of Policing, Ben Jones and Eduardo Mendieta bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars across the social sciences and humanities to reevaluate the role of the police and the ethical principles that guide their work. With contributors such as Tracey Meares, Michael Walzer, and Franklin Zimring, this volume covers timely topics including race and policing, the use of aggressive tactics and deadly force, police abolitionism, and the use of new technologies like drones, body cameras, and predictive analytics, providing different perspectives on the past, present, and future of policing, with particular attention to discriminatory practices that have historically targeted Black and Brown communities. This volume offers cutting-edge insight into the ethical challenges facing the police and the institutions that oversee them. As high-profile cases of police brutality spark protests around the country, The Ethics of Policing raises questions about the proper role of law enforcement in a democratic society.

Yael WarshelExperiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
Children, Peace Communication and Socialization

Yael Warshel
Cambridge University Press, forthcoming

Over the last eighty years there has been a global rise in 'peace communication' practice, the use of interpersonal and mass communication interventions to mediate between peoples engaged in political conflict. In this study, Yael Warshel analyses Israeli and Palestinian versions of Sesame Street which targeted negative inter-group attitudes and stereotypes. Merging communication, peace and conflict studies, social psychology, anthropology, political science, education, Middle Eastern and childhood studies, this book provides a template to think about how audiences receive, interpret, use and are influenced by peace communication.

By picking apart the text and subtext of the kind of media these specific audiences of children consume, Warshel examines how they interpret 'peace communication' interventions, are socialised into Palestinians, Jewish Israelis and Arab/Palestinian Israelis, political opinions they express, and violence they reproduce. She questions whether peace communication practices have any relevant structural impact on their audiences, why such interventions fail, and offers recommendations for improving future communication interventions into political conflict worldwide.

Trans CafeTrans Care

Hil Malatino
University of Minnesota Press, 2020

 What does it mean for trans people to show up for one another, to care deeply for one another? How have failures of care shaped trans lives? What care practices have trans subjects and communities cultivated in the wake of widespread transphobia and systemic forms of trans exclusion?

Trans Care is a critical intervention in how care labor and care ethics have been thought, arguing that dominant modes of conceiving and critiquing the politics and distribution of care entrench normative and cis-centric familial structures and gendered arrangements. A serious consideration of trans survival and flourishing requires a radical rethinking of how care operates.

ExperientialLearningAndOutdoorEducationExperiential Learning and Outdoor Education: Traditions of Practice and Philosophical Perspectives

Jim Perry and Pete Allison, eds.
Routledge, 2020

This book adds to the theoretical development of the emerging fields of experiential learning and outdoor education by examining the central concept, ‘experience’, and interrogating a central claim of experiential learning: whether, and if so how, a short-term singular experience can transform a participant’s life as a whole and in a permanent way.

While such a possibility has been corroborated by the personal testimonies of participants, and the activities of instructors over many years, the book argues that we must go beyond this kind of ‘evidence’. In comparing Anglophone and continental approaches and drawing on the work of Dewey, Dilthey and Merleau-Ponty in the philosophy of experience, Experiential Learning and Outdoor Education presents the first detailed review of the concept of ‘experience’ in European philosophy, as applied to outdoor experiential learning.

A vital insight into the field, this is important reading for students and researchers working in the philosophy of sport, and pedagogical theory, especially in areas relating to the outdoors, but also to experiential education more generally.