Richard Volkman – Associate Director

Richard Volkman is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and Associate Director of the Research Center on Computing and Society. Dr. Volkman’s interests in information technology issue from a desire to understand how and to what extent the Internet and other information technologies impact our ability to make judgments about the good life. His 1998 Ph.D. dissertation, Why be Moral? The Ethical Individualist Response to Alienation from Morality, completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, defends the claim that an individual’s pursuit of the good life is a sufficient mechanism for generating moral duties. Since then, Dr. Volkman’s work in computer ethics focuses on articulating the implications of individualist moral and political philosophy in the information age, and includes articles on intellectual property, personal identity, and digital culture. Of special interest is the conception of the extended order of a classical liberal society as a distributed information processing system executing selection algorithms that tend to reveal truths about values and means that are beyond the ken of experts or planners. Dr. Volkman’s recent publications include “Privacy as Life, Liberty, Property,” “Why Globalization Does Not Mean Homogenization,” “Why Information Ethics Must Begin With Virtue Ethics,” and “Privacy and Commodification: A Lockean Perspective.”

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