David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Science and Engineering Ethics 3 (3):327-337 (1997)
We argue that the practice of engineering does not exist outside the domain of societal interests. That is, the practice of engineering has an inherent (and unavoidable) impact on society. Engineering is based upon that relationship with society (inter alia). An engineer’s conduct (as captured in professional codes of conduct) toward other engineers, toward employers, toward clients, and toward the public is an essential part of the life of a professional engineer, yet the education process and professional societies pay inadequate attention to the area. If one adopts Skooglund’s definition of professional ethicsI (how we agree to relate to one another), then the codes of professional conduct lay out a road map for professional relationships. As professionals, engineers need to internalize their codes and to realize that they have a personal stake in the application of codes as well as the process of developing the codes. Yet, most engineers view professional codes as static statements developed by “others” with little (or no) input from the individual engineer. Complicating the problem, questions of professionalism (such as ethics) are frequently viewed as topics outside the normal realm of engineering analysis and design. In reality, professional responsibility is an integral part of the engineering process.
|Keywords||professional responsibility engineering ethics engineering responsibility|
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Justin Smith, Paolo Gardoni & Colleen Murphy (2013). The Responsibilities of Engineers. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (2):1-20.
Similar books and articles
Karim Jamal & Norman E. Bowie (1995). Theoretical Considerations for a Meaningful Code of Professional Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 14 (9):703 - 714.
Merry Bullock & Sangeeta Panicker (2003). Ethics for All: Differences Across Scientific Society Codes. Science and Engineering Ethics 9 (2):159-170.
C. E. Harris (2004). Internationalizing Professional Codes in Engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics 10 (3):503-521.
Nicola Higgs-Kleyn & Dimitri Kapelianis (1999). The Role of Professional Codes in Regarding Ethical Conduct. Journal of Business Ethics 19 (4):363 - 374.
Simon Robinson (ed.) (2007). Engineering, Business and Professional Ethics. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann.
Diane Michelfelder & Sharon A. Jones (2013). Sustaining Engineering Codes of Ethics for the Twenty-First Century. Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1):237-258.
Charles E. Harris (1998). Engineering Responsibilities in Lesser-Developed Nations: The Welfare Requirement. Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (3):321-331.
Simon Robinson & Ross Dixon (1997). The Professional Engineer: Virtues and Learning. Science and Engineering Ethics 3 (3):339-348.
P. Aarne Vesilind (1999). The Good Engineer. Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):437-442.
Stephanie J. Bird (1998). The Role of Professional Societies: Codes of Conduct and Their Enforcement. Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (3):315-320.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads69 ( #23,772 of 1,139,891 )
Recent downloads (6 months)13 ( #15,654 of 1,139,891 )
How can I increase my downloads?