Bernard Gert's 'Morality' and Its Application to Computer Ethics

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  • I outline the central ideas of Bernard Gert's moral system and discuss his application of it to a current debate in computer ethics. Gert claims that it is immoral to copy software illegally for a friend. I consider several objections that are likely to arise regarding Gert's argument for this claim, and conclude that these objections can be successfully turned aside. I then show how his argument can be extended to explain how some other common rationales for illegally copying software are also mistaken, and the actions based on them morally unjustified.
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  • January 1, 2002
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  • 79
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  • 92
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  • 4
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  • 1