What role does engineering ethics play

Engineers' responsibility

The responsibility of engineers is certainly just as important to society as the responsibility of doctors. But technical thinking is not interwoven with value orientations in the same way as medical thinking and medical practice. In the medical field, the focus is on the natural sciences and responsibility is addressed in many contexts - this topic is consistently present in professional practice. The situation is different for engineers, due to the specialist culture that has prevailed up to now. Similar to the medical profession, engineers are constantly exposed to the pressure of accountability. However, since their thinking seems to be impregnated by a general claim to objectivity, this topic often hovers, as it were, unrelated to the professional discourse. Therefore, in this volume the attempt is made to combine the supposedly foreign to the technical discourse. The contributions are suitable for use in courses.

 

The content

· Basics

· Technical opportunities and risks

· Teaching and studying

· Care and security

 

The target groups

· Social scientists

· Engineers

· Engineering education and training

· Scientists

 

 

The publishers

Prof. Dr. Lutz Hieber teaches sociology at the University of Hanover.

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer is President of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers (Hanover) and President of the Federal Chamber of Engineers (Berlin).

Keywords

  • Lutz Hieber
  • Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer
  1. 1. Institute for Sociology, University of Hanover, Hanover, Germany
  2. 2. Federal Chamber of Engineers e.V. BerlinGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Lutz Hieber teaches sociology at the University of Hanover.

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer is President of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers (Hanover) and President of the Federal Chamber of Engineers (Berlin).

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