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Computer Ethics: A Case-based Approach teaches students to solve ethical dilemmas in the field of computing, taking a philosophical, rather than a legal, approach to the topic. It first examines the principles of Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism, Existentialism, and Philosophical Analysis, explaining how each of them might be adopted as a basis for solving computing dilemmas. The book then presents a worksheet of key questions to be used in solving dilemmas. Twenty-nine cases, drawn from the real-life experiences of computer professionals, are included in the book as a means to let students experiment with solving ethical dilemmas and identify the philosophical underpinnings of the solutions.Read more
- Explains the steps of the ethical decision making process in handy worksheet form
- Appendix with suggested topics for presentations, discussion, and papers
- End of chapter summaries and questions foster better understanding of the material
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"Barger (U. of Notre Dame) presents an introduction to the field of computer ethics. He first deals with the philosophy of ethics and explores efforts to construct a unifying theory of computer ethics. He also addresses psychological factors affecting computer ethics, whether there can be a professional ethics of computing, computer ethics and international development, and ethics and robotics. For most of the remaining chapters, each topical discussion is followed by a review of related cases encountered by computer professionals. These chapters discuss computer theft and piracy, the issue of privacy, computers and power, and miscellaneous topics. A final chapter addresses the topic of parasitic distributed computing."
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"... a must read for all computing professionals."
J. Beidler, University of Scranton for Choice Magazine
"This book is a thorough treatment of the problems and possible solutions of a myriad of computer-related ethical concerns. The first thing that the reader becomes aware of is the fact that Barger is obviously classically educated. His coverage of the philosophical theories on which solutions to computer ethics problems may be found is excellent; his approach in the construction of the book is refreshingly different. The book is a work of merit. I think it would be an excellent choice for a course in computer ethics, privacy, or security."
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- Date Published: June 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521709149
- length: 264 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 11 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. The computer as a humanizing agent
3. Philosophic belief systems
4. A philosophic inventory
5. The possibility of a unified ethical theory
6. The ethical decision making process
7. Psychology and computer ethics
8. The computing field as a profession
9. Computer-related codes of ethics
10. Computer ethics and international development
11. Robotics and ethics
12. Theft and piracy concerns
13. Cases concerning theft and piracy
14. Privacy concerns
15. Cases concerning privacy
16. Power concerns
17. Cases concerning power
18. A miscellaneous collection of cases
19. Parasitic computing case
Appendix. Topics for presentations, discussions, and papers.
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