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Biographical Overview

 

Herman T. Tavani, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Rivier University, where he previously served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Liberal Studies Program.  He has also held appointments as a lecturer at Boston College – Carroll School of Management, and as a visiting scholar/research fellow at Dartmouth College – Humanities Institute (Leslie Center). Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health – (Harvard NIESH) Center for Environmental Health where his research, supported by a series of Harvard–NIH grants, has 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 he is currently revising for a 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. Tavani’s earlier research, including his dissertation (A Kantian Theory of Universals), focused mainly on metaphysical and epistemological questions, especially as they pertain to the classic philosophical problem of universals. 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 works 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 United States.

 

An active member of several professional associations, Professor Tavani recently completed a four-year term as President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT) – an association for which he previously served as Co-Executive Director. He has 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. Tavani also served on the Steering Committee for the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) and on the APA (American Philosophical Association) – Committee on Philosophy and Computers, to which he was appointed by the APA’s executive board. He 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.

 

Tavani has also worked as a software technical writer and software publications supervisor in the computer industry, where he wrote a series of handbooks, user guides, and reference manuals (on components and features of the VMS Operating System). He currently resides in Nashua, NH with his wife, Joanne; together, they enjoy international travel and visiting their daughter, Regina, in nearby Boston.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2005-2015)

Books that I have written or edited (since 2005) include:

       

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Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies in Ethical Computing

Fourth Edition

John Wiley & Sons Publishers; 454 pages

ISBN 978-1-118-28172-7

© 2013

 

 

 

 

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Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies in Ethical Computing

Third Edition

John Wiley & Sons Publishers; 432 pages

ISBN 978-0-470-5095-0

© 2011

 

 

 

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        The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics

   (with Kenneth Himma)

   John Wiley & Sons; 702 pages

   ISBN: 978-0-471-79959-9

   © 2008

 

 

 

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     Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology

Second Edition

     John Wiley & Sons Publishers; 424 pages.

     ISBN: 0-471-99803-6

     © 2007

 

 

 

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Ethics, Computing, and Genomics

     Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 374 pages

     ISBN: 0-7637-3620-1

     © 2006

 

 

 

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    Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World: Theory and Practice

    (with Richard Spinello)

    Information Science Publishing (an imprint of IGI Global); 295 pages.

    ISBN: 159140577-7

    © 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Edited Volumes: Special Issues of Journals that I have Guest-Edited (since 2005) include:

 

 

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Information (Special Issue: Vol. 2, No. 4)

Guest Editor (with Dieter Arnold)

Theme: Trust and Privacy in Our Networked World

Basel, Switzerland: MDPI Publications

ISSN: 2078-2489

© 2011

 

 

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Computers and Society (Three Special Issues:

Vol. 37. No.2; Vol. 39, No. 3; Vol. 43, No. 1)

Guest-Editor/Co-Guest Editor

New York: ACM Press.

ISSN: 0095-2737

© 2007, 2009, 2013

 

 

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Metaphilosophy (Special Section: Vol. 38, No. 4)

Coordinating Editor

Theme: Symposium on Bernard Gert’s Moral Philosophy

Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

ISSN: 0026-1068

© 2007

 

 

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Ethics and Information Technology (Special Issue: Vol. 12, No. 4)

Co-Guest Editor (with Maria Bottis and Frances Grodzinsky)

Theme: Moral Luck, Social Networks, and Trust on the Web

Dordrecht, NL: Springer/Kluwer Academic Publishers.

ISSN: 1388-1957

© 2010

 

 

 

 

Journals and Periodicals in which my scholarly papers have been published (since 2005) include:

 

 

*      Computers and Society (ACM Press, New York), 2008, 2010, 2011.

*      Ethics and Information Technology (Kluwer Academic Publishers/Springer, The Netherlands), 2005, 2008, 2011.

*      Information (MDPI Publications – Basel, Switzerland), 2011.

*      Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal (Publication of the Organizational Systems Research Association – Morehead, KY), 2006.

*      International Journal of Internet Research Ethics (Publication of the Center for Information Policy – Milwaukee, WI), 2010.

*      International Review of Information Ethics (Publication of the International Center for Information Ethics – Stutgart, Germany), 2005, 2012.

*      Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society (Troubadour/Emerald Publishing, UK), 2005.

*      Journal of Information Ethics (McFarland Publishers – Jefferson, NC), 2006, 2012.

*      Library Hi-Tech (Emerald Publishing, UK), 2007.

*      Metaphilosophy (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, UK), 2007.

*      Minds and Machines (Springer Publishers, the Netherlands), 2011.

*      Philosophy and Technology (Springer Publishers, the Netherlands), 2014/2015.

*      Technology and Society (IEEE Press, New York), 2005, 2012.

*      The Information Society (Routledge/Taylor and Francis Publishers, New York), 2005.

 

 

Books of Readings (other than my own) in which my scholarly papers have been either originally published or reprinted (since 2005) include:

 

 

*      The Ethics of Information Technologies (Edited by Keith Miller and Mariarosaria Taddeo). London, UK: Ashgate, 2015 (forthcoming).

*      Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience. (Edited by Michael Decker, Mathias Gutmann, and Julia Knifka). Berlin, Germany: LIT Verlag, 2015 (in press).

*      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.

*      Robo- and Information-Ethics: Some Fundamentals (Edited by Michael Decker and Mathias Gutmann). Berlin, Germany: LIT Verlag, 2012.

*      Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings (Edited by Jeffrey Olen, Julie Van Camp, and Vincent Barry). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 9th edn. 2008 (and 10th edn. 2011).

*      Localizing the Internet: Ethical Issues in Intercultural Perspective. (Edited by Raphael Capurro, Johannes Frühbauer, and Thomas Hausmanninger) Munich, Germany: Fink Verlag, 2007.

*      Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society (Edited by Kenneth E. Himma). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2007.

*      Computer Ethics (Edited by John Weckert). London, UK: Ashgate, 2007.

*      Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives (Edited by Soraj Hongladarom and Charles Ess). Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2007.

*      Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus (Edited by Lawrence Hinman). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 3rd edn. 2006 (and 4th edn. 2013).

*      The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives (Edited by Robert Cavalier). Albany, NY: SUNY (State University of New York) Press, 2005.

 

 

Encyclopedias and Handbooks/Reference Books in which my scholarly papers have been published (since 2005) include:

 

 

*      Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. 2nd ed. (Edited by Britt Holbrook). New York: Gale/Cengage, 2015.

*      Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. (Edited by Anne Runehov and Lluís Oviedo). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2013.

*      Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Edited by Edward N. Zalta). Stanford University, 2012.

*      The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics. (Edited by Luciano Floridi). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

*      Electronic Government: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Edited by Ari-Viekko Anttiroiko). New York: IGI Global, 2008.

*      The (Wiley) Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (Edited with Kenneth Himma). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2008.

*      Global Information Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Edited by Felix Tan). New York: IGI Global, 2008.

*      Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. Vol. 4. (Edited by Carl Mitcham). New York: Gale/Macmillan, 2005.

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS (2005-2015)

Institutions at which I have presented keynote addresses, invited panel talks, and peer-reviewed conference papers (since 2005) include:

 

*      Autónoma University of Lisbon (Portugal), 2013.

*      Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA), 2006.

*      Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT), 2011.

*      Ionian Academy (Corfu, Greece), 2009, 2012.

*      Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), 2009, 2011.

*      Loyola University (Chicago, IL), 2012.

*      LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome, Italy), 2009.

*      Turku School of Economics (Turku, Finland), 2010.

*      University of Memphis (Tennessee), 2009.

*      University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands), 2005.

*      Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie (Les Cordeliers, Sorbonne Universités) – Paris, France, 2014.

*      University of Rovira and Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), 2010.

*      University of San Diego (San Diego, CA), 2007.

*      University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2011.

*      Yale Law School (New Haven, CT), 2007.

 

 

Colleagues with whom I have co-presented conference papers and/or co-authored or co-edited scholarly works (since 2005) include:

 

*      Dieter Arnold (Albis Technologies, Switzerland), 2011.

*      Maria Bottis (Ionian University, Greece), 2009-2011, 2013.

*      Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Wisconsin-Stout), 2013-2014.

*      Jeff Buechner (Rutgers University), 2011-2014.

*      Frances Grodzinsky (Sacred Heart University), 2005, 2007-2011, 2014.

*      Kenneth Himma (University of Washington Law School), 2008.

*      Paul de Laat (University of Groningen, Netherlands), 2014.

*      Judith Simon (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark), 2013-2014.

*      Richard Spinello (Boston College), 2005.

 

 

RECENT Courses Taught

 

Rivier University (courses taught since 2005):

 

*      PHI 341: Junior Year Seminar

*      PHI 228: Philosophy and Computers      

*      PHI 227: Computer Ethics

*      PHI 223: Technology, Values and Society

*      PHI 209: Contemporary Moral Issues

*      PHI 205: Theories of Ethics                                      

*      PHI 115: First Year Seminar: Reasoning                                           

*      PHI 101: Introduction to Critical Reasoning (Informal Logic)

*      PHI 100: Introduction to Philosophy

 

Boston College – Carroll School of Management (courses taught since 2005):

 

*      MD 711: Social Issues in Management (graduate course)

*      MD 260/CS 260: Social and Ethical Issues in Information Technology

*      MH 011: Introduction to Ethics

 

 

 

Last updated on June 10, 2015

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