Engineering Ethics Contemporary and Enduring Debates Deborah G. Johnson

Publication date:
19 May 2020
Yale University Press
224 pages: 210 x 140mm
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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, Johnson approaches engineering ethics with the premise that engineering is both a technical and a social endeavor and that ethical issues arise in the social practices of the profession that are often intertwined with technical decision making.

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.

"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