Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment

Cambridge University Press (1998)
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Engineering is 'the people-serving profession'. The work of engineers involves interaction with clients, other engineers, and the public at large. More than any other profession, their work also directly involves and affects the environment. This book makes the case that engineers have special professional obligations to protect and enhance the environment, and the authors - one, an engineer and the other, a philosopher - seek to provide an ethical basis for these obligations. In exploring these ethical issues, the authors aim to show that engineers make a difference. The text opens with a series of case studies in which engineers face complex and challenging decisions about the environment. Succeeding chapters examine different ideas about environmental ethics for engineers, including professional codes and both modern and historical discussions of environmental responsibility. The book concludes with a collection of readings that complement the text. Students, as well as practising engineers, will find much of interest in this well-argued and thought-provoking book.
Keywords Engineering ethics  Environmental ethics
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Call number TA157.V42 1998
ISBN(s) 0521589185   0521581125   9780521589185
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Kevin M. Passino (2009). Educating the Humanitarian Engineer. Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (4):577-600.
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