Skip to main content

Philosophy and Engineering: An Unconventional Work in Progress

  • 560 Accesses

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET,volume 26)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45193-0_1
  • Chapter length: 12 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-45193-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

References

  • Blockley, D. I. (1992). Engineering from reflective practice. Research in Engineering Design, 4(1), 13–22.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Bulleit, W., Schmidt, J., Alvi, I., Nelson, E., & Rodriguez-Nikl, T. (2014). Philosophy of Engineering: What it is and why it matters. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000205, 02514003.

  • Continental, A. G. (2006). In search of global engineering excellence: Educating the next generation of engineers for the global workplace. Hanover, Germany. http://www.contionline.com

  • Duderstadt, J. J. (2008). Engineering for a changing world: A roadmap to the future of engineering practice, research, and education. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan. Online at www.milproj.de.umich.edu.

  • Downey, G. (Ed.). (2015). Engineering studies 7(2–3).

    Google Scholar 

  • Funtowicz, S., & Ravetz, J. (1993). Science for the post-normal age. Futures, 25, 735–755.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Jaramillo Patiño, D. F. (2014). Filosofía de la Ingeniería: Una Disciplina Profesional en Construcción. INGE CUC, 10(1), 9–18.

    Google Scholar 

  • Sheppard, S. D. (2006). Taking stock: A look at engineering education at the end of the 20th century and beyond, American Society for Engineering Education, June 19.

    Google Scholar 

  • Simons, P. (2011). Ontology in engineering. In Philosophy of engineering (Vol. 2). London: The Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Google Scholar 

  • The Royal Academy of Engineering. (2010). Philosophy of engineering (Vol. 1). London: The Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Google Scholar 

  • The Royal Academy of Engineering. (2011). Philosophy of engineering (Vol. 2). London: The Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Google Scholar 

  • van de Poel, I. (2010). Philosophy and engineering: Setting the stage. In I. van de Poel & D. E. Goldberg (Eds.), Philosophy and engineering: An emerging agenda (pp. 1–12). Dordrecht: Springer Press.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Vicenti, W. (1990). What engineers know and how they know it: Analytical studies from aeronautical history. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Diane P. Michelfelder .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2017 Springer International Publishing Switzerland

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Michelfelder, D.P., Newberry, B., Zhu, Q. (2017). Philosophy and Engineering: An Unconventional Work in Progress. In: Michelfelder, D., Newberry, B., Zhu, Q. (eds) Philosophy and Engineering. Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, vol 26. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45193-0_1

Download citation