Moral creativity in science and engineering

Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (3):421-433 (2006)
Creativity in science and engineering has moral significance and deserves attention within professional ethics, in at least three areas. First, much scientific and technological creativity constitutes moral creativity because it generates moral benefits, is motivated by moral concern, and manifests virtues such as beneficence, courage, and perseverance. Second, creativity contributes to the meaning that scientists and engineers derive from their work, thereby connecting with virtues such as authenticity and also faults arising from Faustian trade-offs. Third, morally creative leadership is important at all levels of science and engineering.
Keywords scientific creativity  moral creativity  virtues  authenticity  professional ethics  Faustian bargains
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