Machines and morality:

juridical and philosophical considerations


  • Mateus de Oliveira Fornasier Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul



robots, artificial intelligence, morality, regulation, design


This article studies the possibilities of giving morality to machines and autonomous systems. Its hypothesis is that the design strategies for the development of machines that make moral judgments should take into account a vast complex of contingencies, which are related to each context in which they are implemented — being its user/recipient, its developer, and the purposes for which its use is intended, the most important ones. As a result, it is clear that machines, currently, are not self-conscious yet, but a posture influenced by ethical behaviorism and hybrid design, combining pre-programmed moral postulates and machine learning for the contextualization of each machine, can contribute with possibilities for giving them moral status. Methodology: hypothetical-deductive procedure method, with a qualitative approach and bibliographic review research technique.

Biografia do Autor

Mateus de Oliveira Fornasier, Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Doutor em Direito pela Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), com Pós-Doutorado em Direito e Teoria pela University of Westminster (Reino Unido). Professor do Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu (Mestrado e Doutorado) em Direitos Humanos da Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUI).


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Como Citar

Fornasier, M. de O. (2022). Machines and morality:: juridical and philosophical considerations. Revista Brasileira De Estudos Políticos, 125.