Ethics is not just in tools. Ethics is in US. How we work together, and the work that we do. It drives our relationship with science and technology and the products thereof.


Ethics in a box

CoLabFutures is about empowering. We built upon classical and contemporary ethical theories with the goal of bringing these outside the academic worlds. With that in mind, we are creating a five-piece kit which will make ethics easier to understand for a broader audience. The kit will be composed of the elements listed below. If you're interested in the development of this kit, or would like to be a beta tester, please give us a shout.

1. Three easy routes to a closed mind
How to identify a closed mind, and how to open your own

2. Fallacies
A fallacy can be defined a badly structured argument. An argument based on fallacy can come to a conclusion without the evidence to support it, often with an intent to persuade. There are hundreds of fallacies, but we'll break down some of those that are more widely used

3. Preferred ethical arguments
Examples of statements, and responses

4. Ethical families
An argument in which parties express a perspective of different ethical families can create gridlock in discourse. Identifying the ethical family can lead to better bridge building

5. Moral deliberation tools
A set of tools to assist in moral deliberation



This work is based on a variety of sources and has been adapted with permission or credited.  

Athena Institute VU University Amsterdam
Dr. Frank Kupper
Prof. dr. Tjard de Cock Buning
DesignLab Twente
Prof. Peter Paul Verbeek
Prof. Ben Mepham