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Simulation and support in ethical decision making
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction.
2007 (English)In: Globalisation: Bridging the global nature of Information and Communication Technology and the local nature of human beings, 2007, 278-287 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper presents the structure and function of an ethical micro world simulation and of a support system in ethical problem-solving and decision-making. The ethical micro world simulation models realistic scenarios with interacting independent stakeholders. Users of the simulation are triggered to make autonomous decisions in dilemmas arising in the interaction between stakeholders. The goals are to investigate the possible approaches to implement the psychological approach to ethical problem-solving and decision-making, and to stimulate higher ethical competence. The ethical support system is based on the theory of autonomy. By using it thinking is guided away from heteronomy and toward autonomy. Its basic features are: 1) not allow the user to use the system as a moral authority, 2) not present a ready made set of moral principles and values, 3) help the user to be unconstrained by moral fixations and authorities, 4) help the user to organize and analyze the facts, 5) help the user to weight the relevant values and principles against each other, 6) help the user to solve the moral problem at hand systematically, 7) force the user to motivate his/her decisions in regard to the relevant interests and values.

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2007. 278-287 p.
Keyword [en]
computer, information, communication, technology, ethics, ethical competence, ethical development, skill, simulation, microworld, decision support, usability
Keyword [sv]
informationsteknologi, kommunikationsteknologi, etik, moral, etisk kompetens, etikutveckling, problemlösning, beslutsfattande, dator, datoretik, simulering, mikrovärld, expertsystem, användbarhet
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Philosophy Psychology Computer Science Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-10543ISBN: 978-4-9903558-0-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-10543DiVA: diva2:38311
Available from: 2007-04-02 Created: 2007-04-02 Last updated: 2009-11-20Bibliographically approved

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