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Professional Engineering Ethical Behavior: A Values Based Approach

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.812.1 - 6.812.7

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Victoria Wike

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values-based approach, students discover that in deciding to act for the sake of integrity or beneficence and nonmaleficence or justice, for example, they also must take responsibility for the decision they have made. In a values-based ethic, engineering students will develop tools which enable them to give up their fear of responsibility and their hope for easy answers and in doing so they will become more ethical professionals.

Bibliography 1. Frankel, E. G. In Pursuit of Technological Excellence: Engineering Leadership, Technological Change, and Economic Development. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993. 2. Harris, C. E., Jr., Pritchard, M. S., & Rabins, M. J. Engineering Ethics. Second edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2000. 3. Martin, M. & Schinzinger, R. Ethics in Engineering. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1983. 4. Pinkus, R. L. B, Shuman, L. J., Hummon, N. P., Wolfe, H. Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule, and Risk—Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. 5. Schlossberger, E. The Ethical Engineer. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

VICTORIA S. WIKE Victoria Wike is a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University. She regularly teaches courses in health care ethics and biotechnologies and ethics. She publishes on Kant (Kant on Happiness in Ethics, SUNY Press, 1994) and professional ethics (co-authored, Morality and the Professional Life: Values at Work, Prentice Hall, 2000).

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Wike, V. (2001, June), Professional Engineering Ethical Behavior: A Values Based Approach Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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