Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 391–402

Responsible engineering: The importance of character and imagination


DOI: 10.1007/s11948-001-0061-3

Cite this article as:
Pritchard, M.S. SCI ENG ETHICS (2001) 7: 391. doi:10.1007/s11948-001-0061-3


Engineering Ethics literature tends to emphasize wrongdoing, its avoidance, or its prevention. It also tends to focus on identifiable events, especially those that involve unfortunate, sometimes disastrous consequences. This paper shifts attention to the positive in engineering practice; and, as a result, the need for addressing questions of character and imagination becomes apparent.


character counterfactuals dedicate dispositions luck imagination public safety readiness responsible engineering wrongdoing 

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© Opragen Publications 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Ethics in SocietyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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