Ethics beyond technics
in Death machines
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This chapter calls for a move beyond technologically informed conceptions of ethics, making the case for a more proactive engagement with the possibility for an ethics of responsibility. In so doing, it returns to Arendt’s notion of politics proper, arguing that its constituents – uncertainty, plurality, vulnerability – are the sine qua non of ethics proper, and that with a properly political form of biopolitics we might be able to restore some ethicality to contemporary ethics. The chapter ends by mapping out the broad contours of what an ethics beyond technics might look like, as well as making the normative case for freeing our ethical deliberations over killing from the machine logics we use to take lives.

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