The Concrete Sumo

TitleThe Concrete Sumo
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBroome, TH
Corporate AuthorsNational Academy of Engineering, OEC
Conference NameOEC International Conference on Ethics in Engineering and Science
Date Published03/1999
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCIVIL engineering , ENGINEERING , professional , professional responsibility
AbstractIn practice, engineers often encounter decision-making situations said to be exigent. Such situations are so complex as to deny engineers the reflection required to invoke ethical theories, and so novel as to discourage engineers from appealing to case studies. What theory would enable systematic means of deciding morally exigent situations? Borrowing an African perspective, the rule "Do what a person of good character would do" is used to transcend Western ethics. What that person would do in a given exigent situation is expeditiously revealed via literary methods of story construction.
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