Global Engineering Ethics introduces the fundamental themes of ethics in a context specific to engineering, but not to a nation or culture. Numerous case studies from around the world help the reader clearly see their relevance to design, safety and professionalism for engineers.
Engineering is increasingly taking place in a global context, with industrial and research teams operating across national and cultural boundaries. This adds a layer of complexity to ethical issues, which are already challenging due to the tensions between economic and safety priorities. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand or communicate the ethics of engineering, particularly in an international environment.
Takes a global-values approach to engineering ethics rather than prioritizing any one national or regional culture
Uses engineering case studies to explain ethical issues and principles in relatable, practical contexts
Approaches engineering from a business perspective, emphasizing the extent to which engineering occurs in terms of profit-driven markets, addressing potential conflicts that arise as a result
Provides extensive guidance on how to carry out ethical analysis by using case studies, to practice addressing and thinking through issues before confronting them in the world
Researchers, academics and students interested in the ethics of engineering, and all those involved in international and cross-cultural environments.
1. Introduction: Engineering Ethics from a Global Perspective
2. Working with Cases: The Importance of Concrete Learning
3. Engineering Professionalism and Professional Organizations
4. Basic Ethical Principles for Global Engineering
5. The Prime Responsibility of Safety
6. The Global Business Environment: What Engineers Should Know
7. Cross-Cultural Issues: Their Importance to Global Engineering Ethics
9. Conflicting Duties and Dissent
10. Issues of Broader Concern for Engineers
11. The Rights of Engineers
Appendix I. Global Engineering Ethics Principles Reviewed
Appendix II. Steps in the Case-Study Procedure
Appendix III Guided Analysis: The Case of “Curious George”
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Heinz C. Luegenbiehl is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Technology Studies at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, where he taught for thirty-four years. During that time he also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Nanzan University and Kanazawa Institute of Technology, both in Japan, and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. After retiring he taught for two years at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in philosophy and has held numerous fellowships, including Fulbrights, NASA, NEH, NSF, and the German Academic Exchange Service. His publications are primarily on engineering ethics, but also on liberal education and the social dimensions of technology.
Professor Emeritus, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terra Haute, Indiana, USA
Rockwell F. Clancy is a lecturer in engineering ethics and philosophy, at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong Joint Institute, research fellow in the Institute of Social Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Law and Society. He has served as a long-term educational consultant at Purdue University, having previously taught in the US and Europe. His current research and teaching interests are largely interdisciplinary, covering engineering ethics, philosophy of technology, moral psychology, European philosophy, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and cross-cultural communication. Dr. Clancy holds degrees from Purdue University (PhD), the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (MA), and Fordham University (BA).
Lecturer, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong Joint Institute, Shanghai, China