A Rawlsian Approach to Distribute Responsibilities in Networks

TitleA Rawlsian Approach to Distribute Responsibilities in Networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDoorn, N
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Start Page221
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1353-3452
AbstractIn the last decades increasing attention is paid to the topic of responsibility in technology development and engineering. The discussion of this topic is often guided by questions related to liability and blameworthiness. Recent discussions in engineering ethics call for a reconsideration of the traditional quest for responsibility. Rather than on alleged wrongdoing and blaming, the focus should shift to more socially responsible engineering. The present paper aims at exploring the different approaches to responsibility in order to see which one is most appropriate to apply to engineering and technology development. Using the example of the development of a new sewage water treatment technology, the paper shows how different approaches for ascribing responsibilities have different implications for engineering practice in general, and R&D or technological design in particular.
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