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An Assessment of the Uber App’s Normative Practice
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden; Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0491-2122
2017 (English)In: Philosophia Reformata, ISSN 0031-8035, Vol. 82, no 2, p. 192-215Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes a complex case in society, namely, how to distinguish ride-sharing applications, such as Uber, from ordinary taxi enterprises. We conduct a structural analysis of normative practices with distinctions at the following levels: (1) aspects; (2) radical types, genotypes, and phenotypes; (3) part-whole, enkaptic relationships, and interlinkages; and (4) the distinction between qualifying and foundational functions as it is captured in the theory of normative practices. We conclude that the genotype of taxi matchmaking enterprises, of which Uber is an example, represents a novel normativity that could positively serve society and also produce normative challenges, depending on its governance. Therefore, regulators should not dismiss the entire  genotype of taxi matchmaking enterprises, but should address the phenotypes that are illegal or that cannot thrive without the illegal behaviors of its users. This conclusion is clear from the structural and directional sides of the practice.

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2017. Vol. 82, no 2, p. 192-215
Keywords [en]
normative practice, enkaptic relationships, Uber, aspects
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Philosophy
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Business Studies; Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337438DOI: 10.1163/23528230-08202006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337438DiVA, id: diva2:1169498
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-04Bibliographically approved

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