The Role of Non-Epistemic Values in Engineering Models

TitleThe Role of Non-Epistemic Values in Engineering Models
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDiekmann, S, Peterson, M
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination207 - 218
Date Published3/2013
ISSN Number14715546
KeywordsENGINEERING , engineering ethics , ethical decision-making , PHILOSOPHY
AbstractWe argue that non-epistemic values, including moral ones, play an important role in the construction and choice of models in science and engineering. Our main claim is that non-epistemic values are not only 'secondary values' that become important just in case epistemic values leave some issues open. Our point is, on the contrary, that non-epistemic values are as important as epistemic ones when engineers seek to develop the best model of a process or problem. The upshot is that models are neither value-free, nor depend exclusively on epistemic values or use non-epistemic values as tie-breakers.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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