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Engineering Ethics

Contemporary and Enduring Debates

Deborah G. Johnson


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An engaging, accessible survey of the ethical issues faced by engineers, designed for students

The first engineering ethics textbook to use debates as the framework for presenting engineering ethics topics, this engaging, accessible survey explores the most difficult and controversial issues that engineers face in daily practice. Written by a leading scholar in the field of engineering and computer ethics, Deborah Johnson approaches engineering ethics with three premises: that engineering is both a technical and a social endeavor; that engineers don’t just build things, they build society; and that engineering is an inherently ethical enterprise.

Praise For Engineering Ethics: Contemporary and Enduring Debates

“Very accessible and well-organized...I hope that many (future) engineers will read this book, so that they will learn to better understand the social and moral responsibility that comes with their chosen profession.”—Lambèr Royakkers, Science and Engineering Ethics

"Johnson’s book is a welcome addition to the suite of engineering ethics texts currently available, especially with respect to those intended for undergraduate engineering students.” —Richard Burgess, Texas Tech University

"Johnson has written a compact, clear, readable, and well-organized textbook for use in Engineering Ethics courses."—Michael D. Jaworski, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

"Johnson has the perfect touch for elucidating engineering ethics debates. No one understands better the distinctions between individual behavior and organizational culture, microethics and macroethics, and conventional and emerging technologies."—Joe Herkert, North Carolina State University

"This relevant and pragmatic book is especially timely given the accelerated pace of engineering innovation. Engineers of all backgrounds will find this very helpful as they navigate complex sociotechnical issues."—Missy Cummings, Duke University

Yale University Press, 9780300209242, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

About the Author

Deborah G. Johnson is Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor Emerita in the Science, Technology and Society Program in the School of Engineering of the University of Virginia. She is the author of Computer Ethics, among many other publications.