Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byMichael Davis

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Michael Davis, a leading figure in the study of professional ethics, offers here both a compelling exploration of engineering ethics and a philosophical analysis of engineering as a profession. After putting engineering in historical perspective, Davis turns to the Challenger space shuttledisaster to consider the complex relationship between engineering ideals and contemporary engineering practice. Here, Davis examines how social organization and technical requirements define how engineers should (and presumably do) think. Later chapters test his analysis of engineering judgement andautonomy empirically, engaging a range of social science research including a study of how engineers and managers work together in ten different companies.

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Michael Davis, a leading figure in the study of professional ethics, offers here both a compelling exploration of engineering ethics and a philosophical analysis of engineering as a profession. After putting engineering in historical perspective, Davis turns to the Challenger space shuttledisaster to consider the complex relationship b...

Michael Davis is at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120515

ISBN - 13:9780195120516

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"For those interested in the problematical ethics of engineers and engineering managers, this is a book worthy of contemplation."--Technology and Culture