Explaining disasters: the case for preventive ethics

TitleExplaining disasters: the case for preventive ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsHarris, Jr., CE
JournalTechnology and Society Magazine, IEEE
Volume14
Issue2
Pagination22-27
Date Published1995
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0278-0097
KeywordsAerospace , Challenger , computer , dangers , design , disaster , disasters , ENGINEERING , ethics , NASA , Preventive , professional , RELIABILITY , safety , Space , technology , Valves
AbstractIn 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded during launch, taking the lives of six astronauts and one teacher. The disaster virtually stopped U.S. space exploration for two years. How should this disaster be explained? The article discusses three types of explanation and considers the application of preventive ethics. People should be informed about unusual dangers to which they might be subjected, and given the chance to consent or not consent to the dangers
DOI10.1109/44.393043

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