Future Directions in Engineering Ethics Research: Microethics, Macroethics and the Role of Professional Societies

Joseph R. Herkert

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Abstract

Three frames of reference for engineering ethics are discussed -individual, professional and social - which can be further broken down into "microethics" concerned with individuals and the internal relations of the engineering profession and "macroethics" referring to the collective social responsibility of the engineering profession and to societal decisions about technology. Few attempts have been made at integrating microethical and macroethical approaches to engineering ethics. The approach suggested here is to focus on the role of professional engineering societies in linking individual and professional ethics and in linking professional and social ethics. A research program is outlined using ethics support as an example of the former, and the issuance of position statements on product liability as an example of the latter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-414
Number of pages12
JournalScience and engineering ethics
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Ethics support
  • Macroethics
  • Product liability
  • Professional societies
  • Public policy
  • Research on engineering ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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