Global Engineering Ethics

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Global engineering ethics is the engineering ethics’ response to globalization. It plays a major role in the received narrative about the need for a global engineering ethics, which is often illustrated by stories of some engineers A (of culture X) who interact with people or organizations of culture Y, and as a result encounter conflicts between their (i.e. culture X’s) ethical values and culture Y’s ethical values that generate ethical conundrums to the engineers. Global engineering ethics is thus needed to help engineers to navigate through these ethical conundrums. However, the received narrative is insufficient in attending to the different nature and scope of ethical challenges for engineers and engineering practices in a globalized context, or so I shall argue. To understand these differences, I elaborate three basic presuppositions that create the need for global engineering ethics and explain their various interpretations. These presuppositions will then form the basis of my discussion of current approaches to global engineering ethics. I also argue that global engineering ethics is not merely reactive but also proactive; the existing approaches have paid insufficient attention to the proactive dimension of global engineering ethics. I will end this chapter by arguing for the importance of the proactive dimension and exploring what it demands from engineers and engineering practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Engineering
EditorsDiane P. Michelfelder, Neelke Doorn
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315276502
ISBN (Print)9781138244955, 9780367689919
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2020


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