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Engineering has made an enormous contribution to providing the material well-being that promotes human flourishing. It can also be the cause of immense human suffering. The ethics of engineering is relatively unexplored compared to other professions such as medicine and business, but interest is undergoing a revival.

Engineering Ethics: Outline of an Aspirational Approach aims to provide engineers with an inspiring view of the overall ethical direction of their profession in a way that has direct practical outcomes for their work practices. Key features of this original text include:

• Concern with the overall ethical direction of engineering rather than simply specific moral quandaries.
• The use of two key exemplars as a focus for the ethical issues: military engineering and water provision in developing countries.
• The relation of engineering ethics to medical ethics and business ethics.
• The development of an original and imaginative ethical analysis, providing a challenge to currently prevailing views.
• An original analysis that leads to specific suggestions for changes in engineering education, engineering institutions, industry practices and the public positioning of engineering, as well as suggesting an aspirational role for engineering in international political initiatives.

Engineering Ethics: Outline of an Aspirational Approach will provoke debate among engineers, philosophers and the educated public.

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This book deals with engineering ethics in an unusual and interesting way. Here, Bowen (international consultant and fellow, UK Royal Academy of Engineering) provides a broad, big-picture presentation of the topic by emphasizing the aspirational and philosophical aspects of the engineering profession... This well-written work is a welcome addition to the engineering ethics literature... Recommended.

Choice (August 2009) (Reviewer: M. G. Prasad, Stevens Institute of Technology)

“The purpose of this book is to develop an approach to aspirational ethics. … This brief book, in two parts with seven chapters and an index discusses the concept of ethical opportunities––using engineers to help others. … Engineering Ethics is a good read. … It is meant to help the reader consider life and the effect of engineering on the life of living things. Highly recommended.” (Richard J. Peppin, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 60 (6), November-December, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849968287
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 111
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

The author is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. He holds chairs in the Schools of Engineering at the University of Wales Swansea and the University of Surrey. He has carried out extensive consultancy for industry, government departments, research councils and universities on an international basis, currently through i-NewtonWales.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 What is the issue? 15

3 Traditional ethical viewpoints 29

4 Ethics in medicine and business 43

5 Reflection 59

6 Outline of an aspirational engineering ethics 69

7 Practical outcomes 87

Index 109

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