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This quantity, the results of an ongoing bridge development attempt between engineers and humanists, addresses numerous philosophical, moral, and coverage matters emanating from engineering and expertise. Interwoven via its chapters are topics, frequently held in rigidity with each other: “Exploring obstacles” and “Expanding Connections.” “Expanding Connections” highlights contributions that glance to philosophy for perception into a number of the demanding situations engineers face in operating with coverage makers, lay designers, and different participants of the general public. It additionally speaks to reflections integrated during this quantity at the connections among truth and cost, cause and emotion, engineering perform and the social solid, and, after all, among engineering and philosophy. “Exploring barriers” highlights contributions that concentrate on a few kind of demarcation. Public coverage units a boundary among what's regulated from what's now not, educational disciplines delimit themselves by means of their topics and techniques of inquiry, and professions strategy issues of targeted objectives and by utilizing ideas and language specifically ways in which create capability stumbling blocks to collaboration with different fields. those and different kinds of boundary surroundings also are addressed during this quantity.

Contributors discover those issues in a number of particular contexts, together with engineering epistemology, engineers’ social duties, engineering and public policy-making, engineering innovation, and the affective dimensions of engineering paintings. The ebook additionally comprises analyses of social and moral matters with rising applied sciences comparable to three-D printing and its use in scientific purposes, in addition to social robots. preliminary models of the invited papers incorporated during this publication have been first provided on the 2014 assembly of the discussion board on Philosophy, Engineering, and expertise (fPET), held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, united states. the quantity furthers fPET’s motive of extending and constructing the philosophy of engineering as a tutorial box, and inspiring dialog, selling a feeling of shared firm, and construction neighborhood between philosophers and engineers throughout a variety of cultural backgrounds and techniques to inquiry.

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P. xxi) They stress that philosophy of technology not abandon its analytic, philosophical character, but rather that empirical scholarship is a necessary addition to purely normative/evaluative scholarship. One anticipated benefit of this squaring would be the addition of new topics, questions and conceptual frameworks to the philosophy of technology. We suggest that the same is true for any philosophy or epistemology of engineering, and specifically that engineers’ own understandings of their knowledge and practices need to be accounted for.

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