Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession

Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession

by Association for Practice and Professiona, Michael Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195120515

ISBN-13: 9780195120516

Pub. Date: 06/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Michael Davis, a leading figure in the study of professional ethics, offers here both a compelling exploration of engineering ethics and a philosophical analysis of engineering as a profession. After putting engineering in historical perspective, Davis turns to the Challenger space shuttle disaster to consider the complex relationship between engineering ideals and

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Michael Davis, a leading figure in the study of professional ethics, offers here both a compelling exploration of engineering ethics and a philosophical analysis of engineering as a profession. After putting engineering in historical perspective, Davis turns to the Challenger space shuttle disaster to consider the complex relationship between engineering ideals and contemporary engineering practice. Here, Davis examines how social organization and technical requirements define how engineers should (and presumably do) think. Later chapters test his analysis of engineering judgement and autonomy empirically, engaging a range of social science research including a study of how engineers and managers work together in ten different companies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120516
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Practical and Professional Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,190,669
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Engineering 3(38)
1. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND VALUES
5(13)
2. A HISTORY OF ENGINEERING IN THE UNITED STATES
18(13)
3. ARE "SOFTWARE ENGINEERS" ENGINEERS?
31(10)
Part II Engineers in Context 41(42)
4. CODES OF ETHICS AND THE CHALLENGER
43(18)
5. EXPLAINING WRONGDOING
61(12)
6. AVOIDING THE TRAGEDY OF WHISTLEBLOWING
73(10)
Part III Protecting Engineering Judgment 83(34)
7. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN ENGINEERING
85(22)
8. CODES OF ETHICS, PROFESSIONS, AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST
107(10)
Part IV Empirical Research 117(55)
9. ORDINARY TECHNICAL DECISION-MAKING: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION
119(38)
10. PROFESSIONAL AUTONOMY: A FRAMEWORK FOR EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
157(15)
EPILOGUE: FOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 172(11)
APPENDIX 1: QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ENGINEERS 183(2)
APPENDIX 2: QUESTIONNAIRE FOR MANAGERS 185(2)
APPENDIX 3: INTERVIEWEE CHARACTERISTICS 187(2)
NOTES 189(34)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 223(10)
INDEX 233

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