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Our world has been radically transformed during the past 200 years with the industrial revolution and development of mass production techniques and recently the plethora of technological advancements in medicine, engineering, computation, communication and entertainment products. These have made major changes in the ways that we live our worlds and in our expectations of the future.
Science and Technology Ethics re-examines the ethics by which we live and asks the question: do we have in place the ethical guidelines through which we can incorporate these developments with the minimum of disruption and disaffection? It assesses the ethical systems in place and proposes new approaches to our scientific and engineering processes and products, our social contracts, biology and informatics, the military industry, and our environmental responsibilities. The volume is multidisciplinary and reflects the aim of the book to promote a state of the art assessment of these issues.
|List of contributors|
|1||Science and engineering ethics: overview||1|
|2||The processes of science||22|
|3||Ethics and the products of science||39|
|5||Ethics in conflict||89|
|6||A social contract?||107|
|7||Biology, engineering and ethics||127|
|8||Computers and society||159|
|9||Ethical issues engendered by engineering with atomic nuclei||180|
|10||Science and the military||207|
|11||Engineering, ethics and the environment||220|