On the neutrality and values of artifacts





Philosophy of technology, Moral analysis of artifacts, Value neutrality of arti-facts, Value Sensitive Design.


This paper criticizes the thesis of the neutrality of moral values of artifacts, and makes the case for a proposal known as Value Sensitive Design, which states that moral values must be considered in the construction and analysis of artifacts. First, (1) we will present the best defense of the thesis of the neutrality of moral values of artifacts, made by Joseph Pitt. In the following, (2) we will criticize each of the arguments presented by Pitt in favor of the neutrality thesis. Finally, (3) we will consider the Value Sensitive Design proposal presented by Ibo van de Poel and Peter Kroes and explain how it would be suitable for a critique of the values and moral issues that artifacts can represent.


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COSTA, D. de V.; FIOR MOTA DE ANDRADE, P. On the neutrality and values of artifacts. Philósophos - Revista de Filosofia, Goiânia, v. 29, n. 1, 2024. DOI: 10.5216/phi.v29i1.78641. Disponível em: https://revistas.ufg.br/philosophos/article/view/78641. Acesso em: 13 jul. 2024.