Philosophy of technology and macro-ethics in engineering

Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3):405-415 (2008)
The purpose of this paper is to diagnose and analyze the gap between philosophy of technology and engineering ethics and to suggest bridging them in a constructive way. In the first section, I will analyze why philosophy of technology and engineering ethics have taken separate paths so far. The following section will deal with the so-called macro-approach in engineering ethics. While appreciating the initiative, I will argue that there are still certain aspects in this approach that can be improved. In the third, fourth, and fifth sections, I will point out three shortcomings of engineering ethics in terms of its macro-level discourse and argue that a number of certain insights taken from the study of philosophy of technology could be employed in overcoming those problems. In the concluding section, a final recommendation is made that topics of philosophy of technology be included in the curriculum of engineering ethics.
Keywords Philosophy of technology  Engineering ethics  Macro- and micro-approaches in engineering ethics  Engineering ethics courses
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-008-9066-5
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