Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda

Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda

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Whereas science, technology, and medicine have all called forth dedicated philosophical investigations, a fourth major contributor to the technoscientific world in which we all live - that is, engineering - has been accorded almost none of the philosophical attention it deserves. This volume thus offers a first characterisation of this important new field, by some of the primary philosophers and ethicists interested in engineering and leading engineers interested in philosophical reflections. The volume deals with such questions as: What is engineering? In what respect does engineering differ from science? What ethical problems does engineering raise? By what ethical principles are engineers guided? How do engineers themselves conceive of their profession? What do they see as the main philosophical challenges confronting them in the 21st century? The authors respond to these and other questions from philosophical and engineering view points and so illustrate how together they can meet the challenges and realize the opportunities present in the necessary encounters between philosophy and engineering - encounters that are ever more important in an increasingly engineered world and its problematic futures.To deal with these questions I will now turn to the use plan theory (Houkes and Vermaas 2004; Houkes 2006). ... Use plans can be communicated from engineer to user in a variety of ways: tex- tually (via usera#39;s manuals or written instructions), ... When communicating the use plan of a car with a manual transmission in a country where automatic transmissions are ... After all, there is no clear boundary between what can be regarded as a€œcommon knowledgea€ and what is important or anbsp;...

Title:Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda
Author: Ibo van de Poel, David E. Goldberg
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2010-03-11

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