Imaginative Value Sensitive Design: Using Moral Imagination Theory to Inform Responsible Technology Design

Science and Engineering Ethics 26 (2):575-595 (2020)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Safe-by-Design (SBD) frameworks for the development of emerging technologies have become an ever more popular means by which scholars argue that transformative emerging technologies can safely incorporate human values. One such popular SBD methodology is called Value Sensitive Design (VSD). A central tenet of this design methodology is to investigate stakeholder values and design those values into technologies during early stage research and development (R&D). To accomplish this, the VSD framework mandates that designers consult the philosophical and ethical literature to best determine how to weigh moral trade-offs. However, the VSD framework also concedes the universalism of moral values, particularly the values of freedom, autonomy, equality trust and privacy justice. This paper argues that the VSD methodology, particularly applied to nano-bio-info-cogno (NBIC) technologies, has an insufficient grounding for the determination of moral values. As such, an exploration of the value-investigations of VSD are deconstructed to illustrate both its strengths and weaknesses. This paper also provides possible modalities for the strengthening of the VSD methodology, particularly through the application of moral imagination and how moral imagination exceed the boundaries of moral intuitions in the development of novel technologies.
Reprint years
2019, 2020
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
UMBIVS-2
Revision history
Archival date: 2019-03-25
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Metaphors We Live By.Lakoff, George & Johnson, Mark
Reason, Truth and History.Okruhlik, Kathleen

View all 40 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2018-12-30

Total views
183 ( #22,619 of 49,020 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
57 ( #11,152 of 49,020 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.