Ethics and engineering design.

I.R. van de Poel, Ibo van der Poel, Peter P.C.C. Verbeek

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Engineering ethics and science and technology studies (STS) have until now developed as separate enterprises. The authors argue that they can learn a lot from each other. STS insights can help make engineering ethics open the black box of technology and help discern ethical issues in engineering design. Engineering ethics, on the other hand, might help STS to overcome its normative sterility. The contributions in this special issue show in various ways how the gap between STS and engineering ethics might be overcome. In this editorial introduction, the authors discuss the various contributions briefly and delve into the way the various authors conceptualize the engineering design process and the consequences of those conceptualizations for what ethical issues become visible. They also discuss the implications for the responsibility of engineers for technological development.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)223-236
Number of pages14
JournalScience, technology & human values
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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  • METIS-234638

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