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Emotion, engineering and ethics

Monk, John (2008). Emotion, engineering and ethics. In: WPE-2008 Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering, 10-12 November 2008, Royal Academy of Engineering, Carlton House Terrace, London.

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Adopting Martha Nussbaum's view provides grounds for recognizing those bursts of anger or delight and the responses to them that alter the course of development of engineering projects. Her case supports the view that our emotions offer authentic thoughts about authentic situations, and by ignoring emotions engineering judgments are liable to be deficient. At worst, without reflection an emotion hides an influential unarticulated and mistaken belief. But at best an emotion can be taken to be an indicator of relevant components of ethical arguments supporting an engineering project and the significance attributed to them.
So we might expect virtuous engineers to be aware of their emotions, of ways in which they exploit the emotions of others, to reflect on those emotions and to use the knowledge gained in their judgments. To be effective within this emotional soup they will have to be self-aware, articulate,persuasive and above all empathetic.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 John Monk
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Not SetNot SetRoyal Academy of Engineering
Not SetNot SetIllinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry)
Not SetNot SetBritish Academy
Not SetNot SetASEE Ethics Division
Not SetNot SetInternational Network for Engineering Studies
Not SetNot SetSociety for Philosophy & Technology
Extra Information: pp.76�77
Keywords: emotion; engineering; Nussbaum; ethics; reflection
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 18499
Depositing User: John Monk
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2012 10:27
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