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Computer Ethics
A Case-based Approach


  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709149

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  • Teaches students how 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.

    • 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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    'The book is a work of merit. I think it would be an excellent choice for a course in computer ethics, privacy or security.' Computing Reviews

    'The book is a work of merit. I think it would be an excellent choice for a course in computer ethics, privacy or security.' James Van Speybroeck, St Ambrose University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 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

    1. Introduction
    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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    Computer Ethics

    Robert N. Barger

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    • Computer Engineering Senior Design
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    • Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems
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    Robert N. Barger, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Robert N. Barger is an Associate Professor in the Computer Applications Program at the University of Notre Dame and Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, where he received several awards for teaching excellence. He has spent the last thirty-six years teaching and writing on computer ethics and educational issues.

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