Activist Engineering: Changing Engineering Practice By Deploying Praxis

TitleActivist Engineering: Changing Engineering Practice By Deploying Praxis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKarwat, D, Eagle, W, Wooldridge, M, Princen, T
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsActivism , Activist , ACTIVISTS , Climate , CLIMATIC , ECOLOGICAL , ENVIRONMENTAL , ethics , paradigm , Praxis , RESPONSIBILITY , SOCIAL , SUSTAINABILITY , technology
AbstractIn this paper, we reflect on current notions of engineering practice by examining some of the motives for engineered solutions to the problem of climate change. We argue that a solely technological response to climate change does not question the social, political, and cultural tenet of infinite material growth, one of the root causes of climate change. In response to the contemporary engineering practice, we define an activist engineer as someone who not only can provide specific engineered solutions, but who also steps back from their work and tackles the question, As a means to realize radically new solutions, we investigate how engineers might (re)deploy the concept of praxis, which raises awareness in engineers of the inherent politics of technological design. 
NotesKarwat, Darshan 1; Email Address: Eagle, Walter 1; Email Address: Wooldridge, Margaret; Email Address: Princen, Thomas 2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2293 GG Brown, 2350 Hayward Ann Arbor 48109-2125 USA 2: School of Natural Resources and the Environment, 2506 Dana Building, 440 Church Street Ann Arbor 48109-1115 USA; Source Info: Feb2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p227; Subject Term: ACTIVISTS; Subject Term: PRAXIS (Social sciences); Subject Term: CLIMATIC changes; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL ethics; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY -- Philosophy; Subject Term: SOCIAL justice; Author-Supplied Keyword: Activism; Author-Supplied Keyword: Activist engineer; Author-Supplied Keyword: Climate change; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ecological soundness; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Paradigm; Author-Supplied Keyword: Praxis; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsibility; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social justice; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainability; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article