New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
With the recent deluge of attempts at forming a more coherent and aligned philosophy of engineering education, a demand for an application of traditional continental methods still remains. Even the definition of the field itself is available for scrutiny, and within that framework, a number of interesting paradigms can be challenged. This paper intends to expand upon previous attempts at integrating Heidegger’s, Husserl’s, and Jaspers’ works on epistemologies, and forward them in a more integrated way accessible to both the philosopher of technology and the engineering educator interested in a more grounded application of philosophical constructs. We start with previous work addressing Heidegger’s constructs of false thinking and Bodenständigkeit or autochthony – sometimes called groundedness. This work and its related thoughtlessness in continental philosophy has rarely been applied to engineering and even less frequently (if at all) been applied within the modern engineering education framework. While this may be a novel treatment, it does not go far enough in addressing Heidegger’s critics and contemporaries – something we will attempt through using a lens borrowed from Jaspers’ work – that of his interpretation of existence and meaning. In order to further ground this philosophical treatment, we will bring into play key arguments of Husserl’s metaphysics, which contain constructs still relevant to a modern engineering philosophy. Finally, we hope to integrate the three in a manner relevant to colleagues within engineering education and beyond.
Ricco, G. D. (2016, June), Furthering Continental Philosophers in the Engineering Domain Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26991
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