Engineering Good: How Engineering Metaphors Help us to Understand the Moral Life and Change Society
Author: Coeckelbergh, Mark
Source: Science and Engineering Ethics, Volume 16, Number 2, June 2010 , pp. 371-385(15)
Abstract:Engineering can learn from ethics, but ethics can also learn from engineering. In this paper, I discuss what engineering metaphors can teach us about practical philosophy. Using metaphors such as calculation, performance, and open source, I articulate two opposing views of morality and politics: one that relies on images related to engineering as science and one that draws on images of engineering practice. I argue that the latter view and its metaphors provide a more adequate way to understand and guide the moral life. Responding to two problems of alienation and taking into account developments such as Fab Lab I then further explore the implications of this view for engineering and society.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: June 1, 2010