Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 10, Issue 2–3, pp 97–108 | Cite as

Discourses on information ethics: The claim to universality

  • Bernd Carsten Stahl


An important question one can ask of ethical theories is whether and how they aim to raise claims to universality. This refers to the subject area that they intend to describe or govern and also to the question whether they claim to be binding for all (moral) agents. This paper discusses the question of universality of Luciano Floridi’s information ethics (IE). This is done by introducing the theory and discussing its conceptual foundations and applications. The emphasis will be placed on the ontological grounding of IE. IE’s claims to universality will be contrasted with those raised by discourse ethics. This comparison of two pertinent ethical theories allows for a critical discussion of areas where IE currently has room for elaboration and development.

Key words

discourse ethics information ethics Luciano Floridi ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterEngland

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