Philosophy and Engineering: An Unconventional Work in Progress

  • Diane P. MichelfelderEmail author
  • Byron Newberry
  • Qin Zhu
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 26)


This chapter serves to introduce the reader to the purpose and background of Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections, and to the chapters that make up this work. Section 1.1 describes why, rather than being divided into parts, the book was deliberately organized to be a fluid whole. Section 1.2 addresses how fluidity is reflected in the contribution of the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology to the development of the philosophy of engineering as a discipline, and in the ongoing debate over what engineering will look like in the future. This discussion points to a new perspective on what it means to do philosophy of engineering in a context of bridge-building between philosophers and engineers. Section 1.3 offers a window into the contents of the volume through brief chapter introductions.


Philosophy of engineering Forum on philosophy, engineering, and technology Future of engineering Engineering and philosophy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane P. Michelfelder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Byron Newberry
    • 2
  • Qin Zhu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMacalester CollegeSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBaylor UniversityWacoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Liberal Arts and International StudiesColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

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