Editorial: Ethics and Engineering Design

TitleEditorial: Ethics and Engineering Design
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsVan de Poel, IR, Verbeek, P-P
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Date PublishedMay 1, 2006
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0162-2439
AbstractEngineering ethics and science and technology studies (STS) have until now developed as separate enterprises. The authors argue that they can learn a lot from each other. STS insights can help make engineering ethics open the black box of technology and help discern ethical issues in engineering design. Engineering ethics, on the other hand, might help STS to overcome its normative sterility. The contributions in this special issue show in various ways how the gap between STS and engineering ethics might be overcome. In this editorial introduction, the authors discuss the various contributions briefly and delve into the way the various authors conceptualize the engineering design process and the consequences of those conceptualizations for what ethical issues become visible. They also discuss the implications for the responsibility of engineers for technological development.
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