David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (3):523-532 (2006)
This paper describes how some aspects of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy resonate strongly with an engineering outlook. He argued that practice was more “primordial” than theory, though preserving an important role for theoretical understanding as well, thus speaking to the gap between engineering education and engineering practice. He also underlined the reality of “average” practices into which we are socialized, though affirming the potential for original work and action too, thus providing the grounds for self-actualization whether within the routine or in transcending it. His notion of “thrownness” emphasizes the importance of context, with which engineers are constantly engaged. While all this relates to the idea of our “being”, Heidegger also dealt with the influence of time on our practices. Future death could be seen as spurring innovation, cultural history as a source for critiquing current practice and the present “situation” as the immediate context for corrective action. His major book is appropriately called “Being and Time”.1
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Martin Heidegger (1967). Being and Time. Oxford, Blackwell.
Michael Polanyi (1958). Personal Knowledge. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Michael Polanyi (1967). The Tacit Dimension. London, Routledge & K. Paul.
Hubert L. Dreyfus (1990). Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being in Time, Division I. A Bradford Book.
Citations of this work BETA
Priyan Dias (2014). The Disciplines of Engineering and History: Some Common Ground. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (2):539-549.
Similar books and articles
Michael Davis (1998). Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession. Oxford University Press.
Carl Mitcham (1998). The Importance of Philosophy to Engineering. Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 17 (3):27-47.
W. P. S. Dias (2003). Heidegger's Relevance for Engineering: Questioning Technology. Science and Engineering Ethics 9 (3):389-396.
Simon Robinson (ed.) (2007). Engineering, Business and Professional Ethics. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann.
Armin Grunwald (2001). The Application of Ethics to Engineering and the Engineer's Moral Responsibility: Perspectives for a Research Agenda. Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (3):415-428.
Vivian M. Weil (1998). Professional Standards: Can They Shape Practice in an International Context? [REVIEW] Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (3):303-314.
David E. Goldberg, Engineering Rigor and its Discontents: Philosophical Reflection as Curative to Math-Physics Envy.
Robert E. McGinn (2003). “Mind the Gaps”: An Empirical Approach to Engineering Ethics, 1997–2001. [REVIEW] Science and Engineering Ethics 9 (4):517-542.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #324,307 of 1,792,164 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #282,315 of 1,792,164 )
How can I increase my downloads?