Distributed morality in an information society

Sci Eng Ethics. 2013 Sep;19(3):727-43. doi: 10.1007/s11948-012-9413-4. Epub 2012 Nov 30.


The phenomenon of distributed knowledge is well-known in epistemic logic. In this paper, a similar phenomenon in ethics, somewhat neglected so far, is investigated, namely distributed morality. The article explains the nature of distributed morality, as a feature of moral agency, and explores the implications of its occurrence in advanced information societies. In the course of the analysis, the concept of infraethics is introduced, in order to refer to the ensemble of moral enablers, which, although morally neutral per se, can significantly facilitate or hinder both positive and negative moral behaviours.

MeSH terms

  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Moral Obligations
  • Morals*