Engineering Decisions in a Global Context and Social Choice

Noreen M. Surgrue, Timothy G. McCarthy

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In this paper we specifically tackle the methodological problem of constructing an ethical framework for how professionals are to work within the global setting, and while this is an issue for a number of disciplines and professions including medicine, computer science, and education, for purposes of this paper we turn our attention to engineering. Specifically, we examine engineering in a global context and offer an analysis of how conflicts between normative constraints, imposed from several points of view, on engineering solutions are to be resolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
ISSN (Print)1879-7202
ISSN (Electronic)1879-7210


  • Engineering ethics
  • Normative constraints
  • Philosophy and Linguistics
  • Rawls
  • Receiving country
  • Reflective equilibrium
  • Sending country

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Development
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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