The intertwining of ethics and methodology in science and engineering: a virtue-ethical approach

TitleThe intertwining of ethics and methodology in science and engineering: a virtue-ethical approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsConsoli, L
JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Volume33
Issue3
Pagination234-243
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03080188
Accession Number35504861
KeywordsENGINEERING , ENGINEERS , ethics , Methodology , SCIENCE , SCIENTISTS
AbstractThis article argues that that methodological and ethical normativity are linked in a very fundamental way, and that the relationship between method and ethics deserves to be addressed more explicitly and can form the basis of a new approach towards ethical issues in science and engineering. In particular, a virtue-ethical based approach, defining the figure of the 'good practitioner', has many advantages. As an example, the author consider the issue of the function and utility of ethical codes of conduct. Practice shows that these codes are seldom known to practitioners and, that when they are, practitioners have not internalised them. The author argues that as long as the ethical codes are top-down regulations of an institution, rather than the 'living morality' of the virtuous community of scientific practice, they will remain of limited applicability.
NotesConsoli, Luca 1; Email Address: l.consoli@science.ru.nl; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Source Info: Sep2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p234; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: SCIENCE -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: ENGINEERS; Subject Term: METHODOLOGY; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1179/174327908x366923
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