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Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521723985

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  • The first edition of Caroline Whitbeck's Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research focused on the difficult ethical problems engineers encounter in their practice and in research. In many ways, these problems are like design problems: they are complex, often ill defined; resolving them involves an iterative process of analysis and synthesis; and there can be more than one acceptable solution. In the second edition of this text, Dr. Whitbeck goes above and beyond by featuring more real-life problems, stating recent scenarios, and laying the foundation of ethical concepts and reasoning. This book offers a real-world, problem-centered approach to engineering ethics, using a rich collection of open-ended case studies to develop skill in recognizing and addressing ethical issues.

    • Provides recent examples of ethical scenarios in the engineering field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I am very enthusiastic about Dr Whitbeck's effort to help us think effectively and somewhat pragmatically about professional ethics. Everyone, professionals in particular, must expect ethically-complex situations to arise … This book will help seasoned professionals clarify their approach to their own behavior, and this book can profoundly affect those who face a messy situation for the first time.' Woodie C. Flowers, from the Foreword for the first edition

    'Dr Whitbeck draws the useful analogy between ethical problems and engineering design problems … a well written book.' Engineering Science Education Journal

    'Whitbeck has written a valuable book, regardless of the reader's penchant for general philosophy or cases. Practitioners will find the time invested to get through it well repaid.' ASME International

    'This fine textbook in engineering ethics will be useful for courses in engineering ethics, and as a supplementary resource for engineering and science instructors who wish to infuse attention to ethics into their courses. It will also interest students of philosophical ethics who wish to consider a refreshing approach to case-based, 'applied' ethics.' Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521723985
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 178 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Values and the Evaluation of Acts in Engineering: Introduction to Ethical Reasoning and Engineering Ethics:
    1. Professional practice in engineering
    2. Two examples of professional behavior: Roger Boisjoly and William Lemessurier
    Part II. Engineering Responsibility:
    3. Ethics as design - doing justice to moral problems
    4. Central professional responsibilities of engineers
    5. Computers, software, and digital information
    6. Rights and responsibilities regarding intellectual property
    7. Workplace rights and responsibilities
    Part III. Responsible Research Conduct:
    8. Ethics in the changing domain of research
    9. Responsible authorship and credit in engineering and scientific research
    Part IV. The Future of Engineering:
    10. Responsibility for the environment
    11. End use and 'macro' issues.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Engineering & Technology Ethics
    • Engineering Design
    • Engineering Ethical and Legal Issues
    • Engineering Ethics
    • Engineering Ethics, Design and Statistics
    • Ethics for Engineers and Professional Managers
    • Ethics for Science and Engineers
    • Ethics in Electrical Engineering
    • Ethics, Sustainability and Technology
    • Fubdamentals of Engineering
    • Intro to Mech Eng Practice
    • Introduction to Civil Engineering
    • Introduction to Engineering
    • Research Integrity and Seminar
    • Research Methods for Engineers
    • The Mechanical Engineering Profession
  • Author

    Caroline Whitbeck, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Caroline Whitbeck is the Emerita Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Whitbeck teaches in both the Philosophy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments. Her research goes across numerous fields such as philosophy, engineering, technology, medicine and feminist philosophy. Dr Whitbeck is currently the Director of the The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at the National Academy of Engineering. Dr Whitbeck has published numerous articles on bioethics and is the author of Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (1998).

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