Radically Constructing Ethics

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


Cybernetics is notable for its recognition of ethical considerations within epistemological processes. Our claims to knowledge are intertwined with the purposes that we pursue and with our relationships with others and the world. In this paper I locate this argument within ethical discourse itself, applying the formulations of radical constructivism given by cyberneticians such as Ernst von Glasersfeld, Ranulph Glanville and Heinz von Foerster to the epistemological questions that arise within meta-ethics, such as between ethical realism and subjectivism. In doing so I differentiate cybernetics from seemingly similar positions where responsibility is taken as an ultimate value (e.g. existentialism) or where ethical norms are formulated through society and culture. In this way, cybernetics may help formulate ethical considerations nested within ethical discourse itself.
Period22 Sep 2018
Event titleThe Cybernetics Society 50th Anniversary Conference
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational