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Courageous Computing
Nov.-Dec. 2011 (vol. 13 no. 6)
pp. 12-13
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield

IT professionals often ask, "If I'm ethically responsible for any errors in the software that I develop, then how can I release any software to the public? After all, I can't be sure that it's perfect." This is a fair question for any computer ethicist. Reviewing the work of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle helps find the balance between the pitfalls of cowardice and recklessness when it comes to releasing software.

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2. J. Moor, "If Aristotle Were a Computing Professional," Computers and Society, Sept. 1998, pp. 13–16.
3. C. Shields, "Aristotle," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,25 Sept. 2008; http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle/#LogSciDia.

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Keywords: Ethics, information technology, Aristotle, courageous computing
Citation:
Keith W. Miller, "Courageous Computing," IT Professional, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 12-13, Nov.-Dec. 2011, doi:10.1109/MITP.2011.96
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