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The Ethics of the Digital Commons

A Research Paper by Christian Fuchs, published by Journal of Media Ethics

This paper asks: Why is it morally good to foster the digital commons? How can we ethically justify the importance of the digital commons? An answer is given based on Aristotelian ethics. Because Alasdair MacIntyre is the most influential Aristotelian moral philosopher today, the paper engages with foundations of MacIntyre’s works and gives special attention to his concept of the common good and his analysis of how structures of domination damage the common good. It is argued that for advancing a philosophy of the (digital) commons, MacIntyre’s early and later works, in which he has been influenced by Karl Marx, are of particular importance. The approach taken in this paper combines Aristotle, Marx, and MacIntyre.


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Christian Fuchs


Christian Fuchs is Professor at, and the Director of, the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is also Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies.

His fields of expertise are critical digital & social media studies, Internet & society, political economy of media and communication, information society theory, social theory and critical theory.


2 March 2020
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Journal of Media Ethics
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