Why Can't You Ethicists Tell Me the Right Answers?

TitleWhy Can't You Ethicists Tell Me the Right Answers?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsGunn, A, Vesilind, P
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering
Volume116
Issue1
Pagination9-15
Date Published1990/01/01
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0733-9380
AbstractEngineers, accustomed to obtaining right answers by consensus from various experts, often assume that professional ethicists can help them solve problems related to professional ethics. Unfortunately, engineers invariably find it frustrating to work with ethicists who refuse to provide the right answers to such problems. Conversely, ethicists are uncomfortable working with engineers who demand solutions to problems that ethicists recognize as the responsibility of each individual. This paper explores what engineers can realistically expect of ethicists and how ethicists can best respond to the needs of engineers. Case studies are used to illustrate the principles and conflicts in the resolution of value laden‐problems.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(1990)116:1(9)
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(1990)116:1(9)

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