Applying CPR to the Teaching of IT Ethics

  • An approach typical of philosophers teaching introductory ethics is to immediately introduce students to competing theories and approaches. Unfortunately, this approach has the risk of bewildering students and occupying much course time. Conversely, using an artificially narrowed and prescribed approach to teaching IT ethics such as professional codes of ethics or historical case studies does not do justice to the topic or to the students. Here the student may end up with a good appreciation of codes or cases, but little grounding in philosophical thought. In seeking a middle ground, we suggest a simplified framework that captures important elements of multiple ethical theories while still allowing students to use a unitary conceptual framework in ethical decision-making. This approach, conveniently labeled the CPR Framework, includes the three elements of Character, Principles, and Results. This framework can be used by students both in class and later in their professional careers.

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