The Impact of Surveillance on Moral Growth

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Does surveillance contribute or detract from our moral growth?  Alfred University Professor of Philosophy Emrys Westacott discusses the complicated relationship between surveillance and moral edification by exploring the following questions:

  • What is the impact of ubiquitous surveillance on our moral character?
  • How might the advent of a surveillance society affect a person’s moral education & development?
  • Does surveillance alter the opportunities for moral growth?
  • Does it render obsolete acting from a sense of duty as opposed to acting out of self-interest?

Otherwise put, does surveillance help us as individuals (and a society) keep on track & reinforce good habits?  Does it hinder our development?  Read more…

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