Engineering Identities, Epistemologies and Values

Engineering Education and Practice in Context, Volume 2

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
  • Christelle Didier
  • Andrew Jamison
  • Martin Meganck
  • Carl Mitcham
  • Byron Newberry

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Engineering Identities

  3. The Epistemological Basis of Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-127
    2. Anders Buch
      Pages 129-145
    3. Pieter E. Vermaas
      Pages 147-159
    4. Stig Andur Pedersen
      Pages 179-198
  4. Engineering Values and Normativities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-220
    2. Martin Meganck
      Pages 221-234
    3. Christelle Didier, Kristoff Talin
      Pages 235-250
    4. Jen Schneider, Abraham S. D. Tidwell, Savannah Avgerinos Fitzwater
      Pages 271-286
    5. Joseph Herkert, Timothy Kostyk
      Pages 287-306
    6. Carl Mitcham, Wang Nan
      Pages 307-324
  5. Competing Contexts in Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-346
    2. Joseph C. Pitt
      Pages 361-367
    3. Sjoerd D. Zwart, Peter Kroes
      Pages 381-400

About this book


This second companion volume on engineering studies considers engineering practice including contextual analyses of engineering identity, epistemologies, and values. Key overlapping questions examine such issues as an engineering identity, engineering self-understandings enacted in the professional world, distinctive characters of engineering knowledge, and how engineering science and engineering design interact in practice.

Authors bring with them perspectives from their institutional homes in Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia. The volume includes 24 contributions by more than 30 authors from engineering, the social sciences, and the humanities. Additional issues the chapters scrutinize include prominent norms of engineering, how they interact with the values of efficiency or environmental sustainability. A concluding set of articles considers the meaning of context more generally by asking if engineers create their own contexts or are they created by contexts.

Taken as a whole, this collection of original scholarly work is unique in its broad, multidisciplinary consideration of the changing character of engineering practice.


Eco-skepticism Engineering Design Engineering Epistemology Engineering Identities Engineering Values Engineering as Profession Methodologies in the Study of Engineering Practice Normativities

Editors and affiliations

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
    • 1
  • Christelle Didier
    • 2
  • Andrew Jamison
    • 3
  • Martin Meganck
    • 4
  • Carl Mitcham
    • 5
  • Byron Newberry
    • 6
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille3LilleFrance
  3. 3.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  4. 4.KU LeuvenGhentBelgium
  5. 5.Colorado School of MinesGoldenUSA
  6. 6.Baylor UniversityBaylorUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16171-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16172-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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