Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (2):235-256 (2005)
This paper starts from the presupposition that moral codes often do not suffice to make agents understand their moral responsibility. We will illustrate this statement with a concrete example of engineers who design a truckâs trailer and who do not think traffic safety is part of their responsibility. This opinion clashes with a common supposition that designers in fact should do all that is in their power to ensure safety in traffic. In our opinion this shows the need for a moral philosophy that helps engineers to interpret their responsibility and think more critically about it. For this purpose we will explore the moral philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre, which is particularly interesting because he locates the beginning of moral thinking in the daily practice of a profession. This is consistent with the history of moral codes, for codes are also the product of moral reflection by professionals. We will use MacIntyreâs philosophy to (1) explain what is wrong with the designersâ understanding of their responsibility and (2) show a possible way to bring their reflection to a more self-critical level. We will also inspect MacIntyreâs proposal critically
|Keywords||engineering design safety practices MacIntyre moral responsibility|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Dependent Rational Animals-Why Human Beings Need the Virtues.Alasdair Macintyre - 1999 - Mind 110 (437):225-229.
Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession.Michael Davis - 1998 - Oxford University Press.
Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition.Alasdair Macintyre - 1990 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34:255.
Citations of this work BETA
Emotional Engineers: Toward Morally Responsible Design. [REVIEW]Sabine Roeser - 2012 - Science and Engineering Ethics 18 (1):103-115.
Similar books and articles
Understanding Moral Responsibility in the Design of Trailers.Simone van der Burg & Anke van Gorp - 2005 - Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (2):235-256.
Moral Responsibility—What is All the Fuss About?Kenton Machina - 2007 - Acta Analytica 22 (1):29-47.
The Application of Ethics to Engineering and the Engineer's Moral Responsibility: Perspectives for a Research Agenda.Armin Grunwald - 2001 - Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (3):415-428.
Free Will and Moral Responsibility.John Martin Fischer - 2004 - In D. Copps (ed.), Handbook on Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press.
Moral Responsibility, Authenticity, and Education.Ishtiyaque Haji - 2008 - Routledge.
Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community.Marion Smiley - 1992 - University of Chicago Press.
Moral Responsibility and History Revisited.Alfred R. Mele - 2009 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (5):463 - 475.
Recent Work on Free Will and Moral Responsibility.Neil Levy & Michael McKenna - 2009 - Philosophy Compass 4 (1):96-133.
Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility.Annika Thiem - 2008 - Fordham University Press.
Moral Responsibility and Wolf's Ability.Christopher Grau - 2000 - In den Beld Tovann (ed.), Moral Responsibility and Ontology, (The Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy, vol. 7). Kluwer Academic Publishers.
A Political Account of Corporate Moral Responsibility.Jeffery Smith - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):223 - 246.
Added to index2010-09-01
Total downloads20 ( #250,102 of 2,177,988 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #317,698 of 2,177,988 )
How can I increase my downloads?