Philosophy and Engineering:

An Emerging Agenda

  • Ibo Poel
  • David Goldberg

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Philosophy

  3. Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Wade Robison
      Pages 205-214
    3. Merle de Kreuk, Ibo van de Poel, Sjoerd D. Zwart, Mark C. M. van Loosdrecht
      Pages 215-226
    4. Otto Kroesen, Sybrand van der Zwaag
      Pages 227-237
  4. Reflection

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 355-361

About this book


Whereas science, technology, and medicine have all called forth dedicated philosophical investigations, a fourth major contributor to the technoscientific world in which we all live - that is, engineering - has been accorded almost none of the philosophical attention it deserves. This volume thus offers a first characterisation of this important new field, by some of the primary philosophers and ethicists interested in engineering and leading engineers interested in philosophical reflections. The volume deals with such questions as: What is engineering? In what respect does engineering differ from science? What ethical problems does engineering raise? By what ethical principles are engineers guided? How do engineers themselves conceive of their profession? What do they see as the main philosophical challenges confronting them in the 21st century? The authors respond to these and other questions from philosophical and engineering view points and so illustrate how together they can meet the challenges and realize the opportunities present in the necessary encounters between philosophy and engineering - encounters that are ever more important in an increasingly engineered world and its problematic futures.


design environment ethics physics science systems engineering technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ibo Poel
    • 1
  • David Goldberg
    • 2
  1. 1.DelftNetherlands
  2. 2.University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaU.S.A.

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