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Hold Paramount : The Engineer's Responsibility to Society

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10/7/2002
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CL Engineering
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Summary

Alastair S. Gunn and P. Aarne Vesilind provide students with practical insight into the engineering code of ethics and how a practicing engineer is obligated to act in a responsible manner. To illustrate the complexities involved with acting in an ethical fashion, the authors have created characters that encounter a number of situations that test the engineering code of ethics. The dialog between these characters highlights different perspectives of realistic situations that students will face as practicing engineers. As they proceed through the book, students see how the code can help in decision making, as well as the implications of various decisions. The philosophical theory that supports the ethical positions encountered is presented as boxed material following each section.

Author Biography

Alastair S. Gunn is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, he teaches and researches several areas of applied ethics. He is also Associate Dean for e-learning in the faculty of arts and social sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About this Book: A Note to the Instructor xiii
Doing the right thing
1(9)
Deception I
2(1)
Keeping Promises
3(1)
Doing the Right Thing
4(2)
Theft of Music
6(1)
Obligation to Strangers
7(1)
Moral Rules
8(2)
Discussion Questions
8(2)
The engineering profession
10(15)
On Being a Professional
11(1)
Technical Expertise and Ethical Obligations
12(1)
Organization of Professional Engineering
12(2)
Can We Afford to Be Ethical?
14(1)
Engineering Codes of Ethics
14(1)
Can a Person Stop Being an Engineer?
15(1)
Codes of Ethics and the Environment
16(2)
Ethically Right for Me? I
18(1)
Ethical Theories as Decision-Making Models
19(6)
Discussion Questions
22(3)
Enhance human welfare
25(6)
Moral Responsibilities of Engineers
27(1)
Engineering and Terrorism
28(1)
Engineers as Intelligent Robots
29(2)
Discussion Questions
29(2)
Hold paramount
31(25)
Why Can't Ethicists Be as Efficient as Engineers?
32(1)
Medical Ethics
33(2)
Legal Ethics
35(1)
Jokes about Engineers
36(1)
Engineers Working Together
37(1)
A Technical Challenge
38(3)
Engineering Qualifications
41(1)
Factors of Safety
41(2)
Engineering Triumphs
43(1)
Engineering Failures
44(2)
Engineers as Managers
46(2)
Acceptable Risk
48(3)
Decision Making: Technical and Ethical Aspects
51(2)
Consulting with Colleagues
53(3)
Discussion Questions
54(2)
Safety of the public
56(21)
The Moral Status of Animals
56(2)
Ethical and Legal Obligations
58(1)
Ethical Dilemmas I
59(1)
Calculating the Value of Life
59(1)
Fix Up Your Organization Ethically?
60(2)
Whistle-Blowing I
62(1)
Whistle-Blowing II
63(3)
Disaster in Kansas City
66(3)
Options
69(1)
Ethically Right for Me? II
70(1)
Trusting the Experts
71(1)
Deception II
71(1)
Confidentiality
72(1)
Moral Development of Engineers
73(4)
Discussion Questions
74(3)
Professional development
77(6)
Tenure in Engineering Schools
78(2)
Famous Engineers in History
80(1)
Networking
81(2)
Discussion Questions
82(1)
Solicit or accept gratuities
83(6)
Deception III
83(2)
Corporate Gift Policies
85(4)
Discussion Questions
87(2)
Self-laudatory language
89(3)
Advertising I
89(3)
Advertising II
90(1)
Discussion Questions
91(1)
Contributions in order to secure work
92(12)
Competitive Bidding
92(3)
Bribery and the Law
95(2)
When in Rome
97(1)
Ethical Dilemmas II
98(2)
Human Rights I
100(4)
Discussion Questions
102(2)
Professional development of others
104(15)
The Existential Pleasures of Engineering I
104(1)
The Existential Pleasures of Engineering II
105(2)
Engineering and Armaments
107(3)
Vegetarianism
110(1)
Reverence for Life
111(1)
The Ethics of Asking and the Ethics of Giving
112(3)
Maintaining the Quality of Engineering Education
115(1)
Affirmative Action
116(3)
Discussion Questions
117(2)
Overseas work
119(8)
Environmental Racism
121(2)
Human Rights II
123(2)
Politicians and Their Reputations
125(2)
Discussion Questions
125(2)
Uphold the honor and dignity
127(4)
Manners
127(2)
Workplace Harassment
129(2)
Discussion Questions
130(1)
Faithful agents
131(5)
Loyalty to an Employer
133(3)
Discussion Questions
135(1)
Avoid conflicts of interest
136(13)
Safety
137(2)
Professional Registration
139(1)
Conflict of Interest I
140(2)
Conflict of Interest II
142(4)
Why Be A Good Engineer?
146(3)
Discussion Questions
147(2)
Objective and truthful manner
149(5)
Professional Respect
150(1)
Engineers and the Media
151(3)
Discussion Questions
152(2)
Epilogue 154


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