This book explores the relevance of Japanese ethics for the field of ethics of technology. It covers the theories of Japanese ethicists such as Nishida Kitaro, Watsuji Tetsuro, Imamichi Tomonobu, Yuasa Yasuo, as well as more contemporary ethicists, and explores their relevance for the analysis of energy technologies, ICT, robots, and geoengineering. It features contributions from Japanese scholars, and international scholars who have applied Japanese ethics to problems in the global condition.
Technological development is considered to cause new ethical issues, such as genetically modified organisms fostering monocultures, nanotechnologies causing issues of privacy, as well as health and environmental issues, robotics raising issues about the meaning of humanity, and the risks of nuclear power, as witnessed in the Fukushima disaster. At the same time, technology embodies a hope for mankind, such as ICT improving relationships between human beings and nature, and smart systems assisting humans in leading a more ethical and environmentally friendly life. This book explores these ethical issues and their impact from a Japanese perspective.
Thomas Taro Lennerfors (Ph.D., Docent) is an associate professor at Uppsala University, Sweden, and a visiting researcher at Meiji University, Japan. His work concerns ethics, philosophy, business and technology. Apart from monographs and book chapters, he has published papers for example in Futures, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business and Society, Harvard Business Review, and Business History Review.
Kiyoshi Murata is Director of the Centre for Business Information Ethics and Professor of MIS at the School of Commerce, Meiji University. His research interest is in information ethics including privacy, surveillance, ICT professionalism and gender issues. Kiyoshi is International Research Associate at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, and President of the Japan Society for Information and Management. He has published his papers in scholarly journals including Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, AI and Society, International Review of Information Ethics, and Journal of Business Ethics.