Mediated morality? Exploring the consequences of IT on moral behavior
The central aim of the proposal is to gain better understanding of the ways in which information technologies affect moral behavior. The dynamics between technologies and morality have been studied by psychologists (through experimental methods) and by philosophers (through focusing on normative and applied aspects of moral behavior). The societal impact of current technologies such as military drones call for integration of knowledge from both domains in order to understand moral behavior in realistic situations rather than in hypothetical dilemmas. The intended research is focused on understanding moral behavior by: (a) integrating knowledge from moral philosophy and moral psychology in empirical research, and (b) measuring actual behavior rather than behavioral intentions through the use of simulations in a virtual research environment.
Dr. Daniël Lakens (Human-Technology Interaction), Dr. Ron Broeders (Human-Technology Interaction), Dr. Bart van Bezooijen (Ethics of Technology), Dr. Auke Pols (Ethics of Technology).
The research program promotes synergy between the following research programs: Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction, and Philosophy of Technology: Ethics and Epistemology of Innovation.