Unique ethical challenges for the 21st century: online technology and virtue education

Tom Harrison, Matthew Dennis

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Living well in the 21st century will present human beings with a unique set of demands and ethical challenges, many of which will require a rapid response to developments in the online space. Online activities increasingly permeate our practical lives. Although there is every indication that this activity will intensify, even experts on digital technology recognise that the precise effects of future emergent technology will be uncertain and remains unknown. We argue that education directed at the cultivation of cyber-wisdom and other cyber-virtues provides our best chance of creating a moral vocabulary that can guide us towards living well in the 21st century. The aim of this article is to offer the first outline an educational model, founded on neo-Aristotelian theory, that illustrates how these qualities could be cultivated through moral education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Early online date22 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jul 2020


  • cyber-wisdom
  • digital technology
  • education
  • human flourishing
  • virtue


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