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The Ethical Engineer: An "Ethics Construction Kit" Places Engineering in a New Light

Eugene Schlossberger

Publication Year: 1993

Published by: Temple University Press

Title Page

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pp. iii

Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iv-v


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pp. ix-xii

PART ONE: Introduction

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1. The Nature of Engineering Ethics

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pp. 3-22

This book is a practical guide to ethical decision making for practicing engineers and others in technologically oriented business and industry. It will help you to make ethical decisions yourself and to understand the reasons behind company policies, legal rules, and professional codes. It is also meant to change the way you think...

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2. Ethical Decision Making

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pp. 23-37

So far, we have considered why ethics is important for engineers and discussed how to resolve one particular case. It is time to talk more generally about how to make ethical decisions. The Nature of Ethical Decision Making Case 1 from the previous chapter reveals much about the nature of engineering ethics. Ethics is about how to live, about what makes for a good person and for a good life. Ethical thinking is deciding what really matters in life. So...

PART TWO: Sources of Ethical Decision Making

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3. Values of the Engineering Profession

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pp. 41-84

Moral thinking consists of using reason-guided judgment to make particular decisions by drawing upon moral sources, factors, and guiding ideas. Part 2 provides you with many of the tools you will need to make ethical decisions and illustrates these tools with cases and examples. Part 2 also deals with some of the important issues in engineering ethics, such as product safety, and prepares you...

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4. Additional Ethical Sources

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pp. 85-146

Some ethical decisions are difficult and gut-wrenching. Others slip by unnoticed; an engineer may not realize, until it is too late, that something she has done is unethical. To make difficult decisions and avoid overlooking ethical problems, you need a large set of rules, principles, values, and guiding ideas. The more you have, the better decisions you will make. You are less likely to...

PART THREE: Problems and Issues -in Engineering

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5. Honesty and Professionalism

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pp. 149-174

Honesty and professionalism sometimes require that engineers make tough decisions. No one wants to blow the whistle on her own company, inform customers of the defects of the product she is trying to sell, tum down a promotion (when the job is beyond her competence), or censure her friends and colleagues. Good people are sometimes tempted to avoid taxes or red tape by taking a...

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6. Good Faith

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pp. 175-191

The following set of issues deal with acting in good faith, both in fact and appearance. Engineers often find themselves in situations where others must rely upon their integrity. In bidding, keeping information confidential, respecting patents and copyrights, and potential conflict of interest situations, the engineer is expected to refrain from compromising the trust placed in her; her personal motivations...

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7. Employee-Employer Relations

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pp. 192-220

Engineers rarely work alone; engineering operations generally require a team of engineers, support personnel, and business expertise (management, accounting, and sales). Thus, virtually all engineers are employed or employ others, and virtually all engineers have superiors or subordinates. As an engineer, you must make employment decisions. This chapter will help you make those decisions...

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8. Special Issues in Consulting Engineering

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pp. 221-228

Consulting engineers face special ethical problems. An engineer who works for Boeing or Exxon does not have to compete for clients or advertise his services. Most of the time, his company has control over most aspects of the project on which he is working, and so he must answer primarily to one employer. Consulting engineers, however, usually collaborate with other firms, companies, or agencies.


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pp. 229-250


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pp. 251-278

List of Cases

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pp. 279-280


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pp. 281-284

E-ISBN-13: 9781439906491

Publication Year: 1993