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Autonomous Driving and Public Reason: a Rawlsian Approach

Brändle, Claudia ORCID iD icon; Schmidt, Michael W. ORCID iD icon


In this paper, we argue that solutions to normative challenges associated with autonomous driving, such as real-world trolley cases or distributions of risk in mundane driving situations, face the problem of reasonable pluralism: Reasonable pluralism refers to the fact that there exists a plurality of reasonable yet incompatible comprehensive moral doctrines (religions, philosophies, worldviews) within liberal democracies. The corresponding problem is that a politically acceptable solution cannot refer to only one of these comprehensive doctrines. Yet a politically adequate solution to the normative challenges of autonomous driving need not come at the expense of an ethical solution, if it is based on moral beliefs that are shared in an overlapping consensus and systematized through public reason. Therefore, we argue that a Rawlsian justificatory framework is able to adequately address the normative challenges of autonomous driving and elaborate on how such a framework might be employed for this purpose.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000137096
Veröffentlicht am 31.08.2021
DOI: 10.1007/s13347-021-00468-1
Zitationen: 6
Zitationen: 8
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2210-5433, 2210-5441
KITopen-ID: 1000137096
HGF-Programm 46.24.01 (POF IV, LK 01) Applied TA: Digitalizat. & Automat. Socio-Technical Change
Erschienen in Philosophy & technology
Verlag Springer
Band 34
Seiten 1475–1499
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 21.08.2021
Schlagwörter Autonomous driving, Reasonable pluralism, Public reason, Refective equilibrium, Trolley cases, Risk distribution
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