Holistic Engineering Ethics?

Proceedings of the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper focuses on the question of What kind of engineering ethics (EE) is needed to develop holistic engineers who can practice and promote the principles of sustainable development? It is argued that, given the existence of other models, an approach to EE, as argued for at EESD 2016, centred on “training engineers for handling ethical dilemmas in sustainability contexts” (Lundqvist and Svanstrom 2016) is inadequate to address the sustainability challenge facing engineers.. We contend that while EE is now a diverse and fragmented field sociological tools can be used to understand this diversity. A framework is offered for understanding different approaches. This is used as the basis for arguing for a more extended and broad approach which allows us to focus on the relationship between social structure and human action and the need for “adequate social institutions and structures” (Becker 2012: 28) to enable ethical action. Thus engineers not should only understand the constraints and enablers emanating from the environments in which they work but can also strive for change in these environments.



External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Global Engineering Ethics.Pak-Hang Wong - 2021 - In Diane Michelfelder & Neelke Doorn (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Engineering. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Engineers Should Be Activists.Thomas Siller & Gearold Johnson - 2023 - In Albrecht Fritzsche & Andrés Santa-María (eds.), Rethinking Technology and Engineering: Dialogues Across Disciplines and Geographies. Springer Verlag. pp. 325-339.
Incorporating Global Components into Ethics Education.George Wang & Russell G. Thompson - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1):287-298.


Added to PP

316 (#66,850)

6 months
71 (#72,494)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Diana Martin
University College London

References found in this work

The Tragedy of the Commons.Garrett Hardin - 1968 - Science 162 (3859):1243-1248.
Engineering Practice and Engineering Ethics.Ronald Kline & William T. Lynch - 2000 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 25 (2):195-225.
Responsibility without Moralism in Technoscientific Design Practice.Jaap Jelsma & Tsjalling Swierstra - 2006 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 31 (3):309-332.

View all 11 references / Add more references