A Walzerian approach to ICTs and the good life

Pak Hang Wong*

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to introduce an interpretive approach to examining the relation between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the good life, based on Michael Walzer's view of (connected) social criticism. Through a discussion of Michael Walzer's view of social criticism, an interpretive approach to normative analysis of ICTs and the good life is introduced. The paper also offers an additional argument for the indispensability of prudential appraisals of ICTs in normative analysis of ICTs and the good life, which in turn strengthens the basis for the Walzerian approach proposed in the paper. It is argued that an interpretive approach to normative analysis of ICTs and the good life, i.e. the Walzerian approach, is as viable as – if not superior to – a theory-driven approach. It is also argued that actual appraisals of ICTs and the good life must be taken into account in the normative analysis. It is only recently that “the good life” has become more visible in normative analysis of ICTs. This paper continues this relatively new line of research and proposes an alternative approach – as opposed to a theory-driven approach – to this research programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-35
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Computer Networks and Communications

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Good life
  • Information ethics
  • Information technology
  • Interpretive approach
  • Michael Walzer
  • Theory-driven approach

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