Due to the winter storm Rivier University is closed today, Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. All day and evening classes are cancelled. All offices, library and the Landry Early Childhood Center are closed. The President's Circle event with Governor Sununu is still on as scheduled.

Due to the winter storm Rivier University is closed today, Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. All day and evening classes are cancelled. All offices, library and the Landry Early Childhood Center are closed. The President's Circle event with Governor Sununu is still on as scheduled.

Department of Philosophy

Meet Dr. Herman Tavani

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Ph.D. Philosophy, Temple University
M.A. Philosophy, West Chester University
B.A., West Chester University

Phone:  (603) 897-8681
Email:  htavani@rivier.edu

  • Cyberethics (computer/information ethics)
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy and Computers/AI
  • Public Health Ethics

Courses Taught:

PHI 425: Directed Study
PHI 341: Junior Year Seminar: Ethics and Technology
PHI 301: Great Philosophers (Seminar on Plato and Kant)
PHI 228: Philosophy and Computers
PHI 227: Computer Ethics
PHI 223: Technology, Values and Society
PHI 211: Business Ethics
PHI 209: Contemporary Moral Issues
PHI 207: Metaphysics
PHI 205: Theories of Ethics
PHI 203: The Meaning of Human Existence
PHI 201: Basic Problems in Philosophy
PHI 115: First Year Seminar: Reasoning
PHI 101: Introduction to Critical Reasoning
PHI 100: Introduction to Philosophy
HS 425: Senior Honors Thesis
HS 125: Freshman Honors Seminar: Logic, Rhetoric, and Poetics (co-taught)
CS 576: Technological Ethics
CS 110: Introduction to Computers and Computing
COM 306/WRIT 506: Technical Writing

Herman T. Tavani, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Rivier University, where he has previously served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Liberal Studies Program. He has also chaired or served on numerous university–wide committees at Rivier, including the Rank and Tenure Committee and the Faculty Senate. Dr. Tavani also holds an ongoing appointment as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, where his research and published works have centered on privacy–and–consent issues in environmental–health–related studies involving the use of emerging technologies. Professor Tavani is the author of Ethics and Technology, a textbook which is now in its fifth edition, and the editor or co–editor of four books on social and ethical aspects of information technology. He has also edited or co–edited six books of (conference) proceedings and two book–length bibliographies on themes in applied ethics. His numerous scholarly papers have been published as research articles in (refereed) journals and periodicals; as chapters in books of readings and proceedings; and as entries in encyclopedias and handbooks. He has also presented his scholarly research as (peer-reviewed) conference papers, invited talks, and keynote addresses at institutions in eleven countries in Europe and Asia, as well as at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Professor Tavani is a past president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT)—an association for which he previously served as Co–Executive Director. He has also served as President of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association for Computing’s Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (ACM-SIGCAS), an international organization that honored him in 2008 with its Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Tavani has also served on the editorial/advisory/review boards of a wide range of academic journals, and is currently Book Review Editor for the journal Ethics and Information Technology.

Recent Publications
  • Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies in Ethical Computing. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2016.
  • “Should We Have a Right to Be Forgotten? An Analysis of Some Key Arguments AddressingAddressing this Question.” Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 25, forthcoming.
  • “Incorporating a Critical Reasoning Component into the ICT–Ethics Methodological Framework.” In Values in Emerging Science and Technology: Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Computer Ethics - Philosophical Enquiry. (Edited by Richard Volkman). University of Turin, Italy, 2017.
  • “Search Engines and Ethics.” In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Edited by Edward N. Zalta). Available at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-search/, 2016.
  • “Levels of Trust in the Context of Machine Ethics.” Philosophy and Technology, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2015, pp. 75-90.
  • “Transaction-Generated Information.” In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. 2nd ed. Vol. 4 (Edited by J. Britt Holbrook and Carl Mitcham). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2015, pp. 403-406.
  • “Autonomy and Trust in the Context of Artificial Agents” (with Jeff Buechner). In Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience. (Edited by Mathias Gutmann, Michael Decker, and Julia Knifka). Berlin, Germany: LIT Verlag, 2015, pp. 29-52.
  • “Trust, Betrayal, and Whistle-Blowing: Reflections on the Edward Snowden Case” (with Frances Grodzinsky). Computers and Society, Vol. 44, 2014, No. 3, pp. 8-13.
  • “DNA Databanks and Informed Consent” (with Maria Bottis). In Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era (Edited by Jorge L. Contreras and A. James Cuticchia). Chicago, IL: ABA (American Bar Association) Publishers, 2013, pp. 179-188.
  • “Ethical Aspects of Autonomous Systems.” In Robo- and Information-Ethics: Some Fundamentals (Edited by Michael Decker and Mathias Gutmann). Berlin, Germany: LIT Verlag, 2012, pp. 89-121.

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