What Is Ethics?

Christoph Bartneck, Christoph Lütge, Alan Wagner, Sean Welsh

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This chapter introduces the theories that form the basis of the ethical review of robots and AI systems. We introduce the major approaches to moral theory (deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics) and discuss the relation of ethics to law. Finally, we discuss how these theories might be implemented in a machine to enable it to make ethical decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Ethics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Ethics
ISSN (Print)2211-8101
ISSN (Electronic)2211-811X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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