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The Future of Engineering

Philosophical Foundations, Ethical Problems and Application Cases

  • Albrecht Fritzsche
  • Sascha Julian Oks

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Albrecht Fritzsche, Sascha Julian Oks
    Pages 1-12
  3. Sjoerd Zwart, Maarten Franssen, Peter Kroes
    Pages 33-52
  4. Terry Bristol
    Pages 69-88
  5. Nico Formanek
    Pages 105-111
  6. José Aravena-Reyes
    Pages 123-136
  7. Erik W. Aslaksen
    Pages 177-190
  8. Cecilia Moloney, Cecile Badenhorst, Janna Rosales
    Pages 201-216
  9. Édison Renato Silva, Roberto Bartholo, Domício Proença Jr
    Pages 217-227
  10. Glen Miller
    Pages 229-242

About this book


In a world permeated by digital technology, engineering is involved in every aspect of human life. Engineers address a wider range of design problems than ever before, raising new questions and challenges regarding their work, as boundaries between engineering, management, politics, education and art disappear in the face of comprehensive socio-technical systems. It is therefore necessary to review our understanding of engineering practice, expertise and responsibility.

This book advances the idea that the future of engineering will not be driven by a static view of a closed discipline, but rather will result from a continuous dialogue between different stakeholders involved in the design and application of technical artefacts. Based on papers presented at the 2016 conference of the forum for Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET) in Nuremberg, Germany, the book features contributions by philosophers, engineers and managers from academia and industry, who discuss current and upcoming issues in engineering from a wide variety of different perspectives. They cover topics such as problem solving strategies and value-sensitive design, experimentation and simulation, engineering knowledge and education, interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, risk and privacy.

The different contributions in combination draw a comprehensive picture of efforts worldwide to come to terms with engineering, its foundations in philosophy, the ethical problems it causes, and its effect on the ongoing development of society.


Philosophy of Engineering Engineering Ethics Philosophy of Technology Philosophy and Innovation Technology Assessment fPET Forum on philosophy, engineering and technology SPT Society for philosophy and technology Engineering education Reliability of Engineering Engineering and Economy Alternative approaches to engineering Change in engineering The role of the engineer

Editors and affiliations

  • Albrecht Fritzsche
    • 1
  • Sascha Julian Oks
    • 2
  1. 1.Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergNürnbergGermany
  2. 2.Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergNürnbergGermany

About the editors

Albrecht Fritzsche holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and management and worked for many years in the manufacturing industry. He teaches innovation studies at the Institute of Information Systems of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research is focused on collaboration practices, mediated action and indeterminacy patterns in the design and management of technical change and innovation.

Sascha Julian Oks graduated from University of Bayreuth and University of Stellenbosch with a Master of Science in business administration. He works as a research associate and doctoral student at the Institute of Information Systems of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research and teaching focuses on the field of industrial cyber-physical systems.

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