East-West Dialogues on the Ethics of Sex Robots

Benedict S.B. Chan*

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The purpose of this essay is to review and evaluate chapters in Fan and Cherry’s Sex Robots: Social Impact and the Future of Human Relations. In this edited volume, the authors of the various chapters present dialogues from the East and West to explore the social and cultural implications of sex robots. They also discuss whether sex robots have a positive, negative, or neutral impact on society and human relationships. This essay examines the key ideas presented in the book’s chapters, evaluates their arguments, and identifies research directions for the ethics of sex robots in the future. Specifically, this essay provides a detailed analysis of certain schools of thought, including the capability approach, Confucianism and Daoism, and their relevance to the topic of sex robots.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHEC Forum
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Capability
  • Confucianism
  • Daoism
  • East-West dialogues
  • Sex robots


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