Philosophy Today

Volume 68, Issue 2, Spring 2024

Eduardo MendietaOrcid-ID, Alan R. WagnerOrcid-ID
Pages 327-340

The Aristotelian Robot
Towards a Moral Phenomenology of Artificial Social Agents

In this essay an engineer and a philosopher, after many conversations, develop an argument for why the Aristotelian version of virtue ethics is the most promising way to develop what we call artificial moral, social agents, i.e. robots. This, evidently, applies to humans as well. There are several claims: first, that humans are not born moral, they are socialized into morality; second, that morality involves affect, emotion, feeling, before it engages reason; third, that how a moral being feels is related to some narrative, whether moral or not; and finally, that narrativity is what builds a sense of a “moral” I, namely an authorial moral self.