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Towards a theoretical mashup for studying posthuman/postsocial ethics

Marcelo El Khouri Buzato (Department of Applied Linguisticis, Universidade Estadual de Campinas , Campinas, Brazil)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 13 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a theoretical arrangement for the study of applied computer and information ethics carried out in an interdisciplinary and a democratic manner by which the information and communications technologies are seen as an ethical environment, and human-computer couplings are seen as hybrid moral agents.

Design/methodology/approach

New ethical issues emerge dynamically in such environment which must be interpreted according to human sentience and computer ontology. To attribute moral meaning to acts perpetrated by human-computer hybrids, a hybrid of two semiotics must be likely used that bridge the gap between signs and things from opposite directions.

Findings

The author argues that ecosocial dynamics and material semiotics can be harnessed together as in a theoretical mashup for that purpose, and that such harnessing will allow us to engage with a posthumanist/post-social ethics here and now.

Originality/value

The originality of the proposal resides in bringing hybridity to the center of the picture, forcing interdisciplinary teams to engage with one unified, even if hybrid, agency regardless of conflicting ontologies and epistemologies.

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Citation

Buzato, M.E.K. (2017), "Towards a theoretical mashup for studying posthuman/postsocial ethics", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 15 No. 01, pp. 74-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-06-2016-0021

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