David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:464 - 480 (1980)
End-uses of technology, and thus of engineering, have to do with the purposes or ends for which we are doing engineering. Engineers are means to their client's objectives, and this raises engineer's end-use problems. The paper is a critique of two ways of dealing with end-use problems which can be found in engineering professionalism. The central part of the paper is a critique of Samuel Florman's claims as a spokesman for the "received wisdom" of engineering. The end-use problem is inadequately treated in current engineering professionalism, but a proposal to treat the end-use problem by Stephen Unger is supported.
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