Taking Stock of Engineering Epistemology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Philosophy and Technology 32 (4):685-726 (2019)

Authors
Eric T. Kerr
National University of Singapore
Abstract
How engineers know, and act on that knowledge, has a profound impact on society. Consequently, the analysis of engineering knowledge is one of the central challenges for the philosophy of engineering. In this article, we present a thematic multidisciplinary conceptual survey of engineering epistemology and identify key areas of research that are still to be comprehensively investigated. Themes are organized based on a survey of engineering epistemology including research from history, sociology, philosophy, design theory, and engineering itself. Five major interrelated themes are identified: the relationship between scientific and engineering knowledge, engineering knowledge as a distinct field of study, the social epistemology of engineering, the relationship between engineering knowledge and its products, and the cognitive aspects of engineering knowledge. We discuss areas of potential future research that are underdeveloped or “undone.”
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s13347-018-0331-5
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,373
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life.David L. Hull - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (3):435-438.
Knowledge and Practical Interests.Jason Stanley - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (1):180-187.
Knowledge and Practical Interests.Jason Stanley - 2006 - Critica 38 (114):98-107.
The Concept of Mind.Gilbert Ryle - 1949 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 141:125-126.
Contextualism and Knowledge Attributions.Keith DeRose - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (4):913-929.

View all 75 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Engineering As An Art.H. H. Rosenbrock - 2007 - AI and Society 21 (4):673-678.
Identification of Matrices in Science and Engineering.Vincent Fella Hendricks, Arne Jakobsen & Stig Andur Pedersen - 2000 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 31 (2):277-305.
Epistemology as Engineering?Chase B. Wrenn - 2006 - Theoria 72 (1):60-79.
Investigating Ethical Issues in Engineering Design.Ibo Poel - 2001 - Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (3):429-446.
Investigating Ethical Issues in Engineering Design.Ibo van de Poel - 2001 - Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (3):429-446.
The Place of Engineering and the Engineering of Place.Gene Moriarty - 2000 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (2):83-96.
The Importance of Philosophy to Engineering.Carl Mitcham - 1998 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 17 (3):27-47.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-09-26

Total views
19 ( #484,789 of 2,286,137 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #156,998 of 2,286,137 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature