Evaluating ethical tools
2015 (English)In: Metaphilosophy, ISSN 0026-1068, E-ISSN 1467-9973, Vol. 46, no 2, 263-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article reviews suggestions for how ethical tools are to be evaluated and argues that the concept of ethical soundness as presented by Kaiser etal. (2007) is unhelpful. Instead, it suggests that the quality of an ethical tool is determined by how well it achieves its assigned purpose(s). Those are different for different tools, and the article suggests a categorization of such tools into three groups. For all ethical tools, it identifies comprehensiveness and user-friendliness as crucial. For tools that have reaching a decision in a democratic context as a main purpose, it identifies transparency, guiding users toward a decision and justification of the decision-supporting mechanism. For tools that aim to engage the public, it identifies procedural fairness as essential. It also notes that the scope of use for ethical tools is limited to the same moral community, and that this feature is frequently overlooked.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 46, no 2, 263-279 p.
applied ethics, consensus conference, ethical matrix, ethical soundness, ethical tools
Research subject Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-162137DOI: 10.1111/meta.12130ISI: 000352634300006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84927134161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-162137DiVA: diva2:797162
FunderMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
QC 20150508. Updated from accepted to published.2015-03-232015-03-232015-05-08Bibliographically approved