Higher Education

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases, 4th Edition

  • Charles E. Harris, Jr. Texas A&M University
  • Michael S. Pritchard Western Michigan University
  • Michael J. Rabins Texas A and M University
  • ISBN-10: 0495502790  |  ISBN-13: 9780495502791
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2000, 1995
  • © 2009 | Published
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Extend your students' analytical skills to moral deliberation with this bestselling engineering ethics text. Harris/Pritchard/Rabins' ENGINEERING ETHICS: CONCEPTS AND CASES, 4E bridges the gap between theory and practice with more than 100 current case studies available in the text and on the companion website, including current and controversial topics, such as Hurricane Katrina and global warming. The authors introduce a proven, structured methodology for analyzing these cases, as well as provide examples of cases that have already been analyzed, to ensure your students understand how to practice ethical engineering. The text also discusses and applies Engineering Codes of Ethics to a variety of situations. With this text’s comprehensive coverage, students learn the importance of critical moral reasoning as the authors demonstrate how many apparent moral disagreements are actually disagreements about the facts or the definitions of crucial terms that can only be resolved through analysis. Significant topics, such as ethical theory and the consequences of whistle-blowing, are now extensively revised to provide more in-depth coverage. Throughout this edition, students see, first-hand, the importance of their actions as professionals, and learn how their actions can affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. public.

Features and Benefits

  • More than 100 real-life cases throughout this edition and the book's companion website provide your students with abundant opportunities to apply the concepts discussed in the text.
  • Extensive cases and examples throughout this edition show students, first-hand, the importance of their actions as professionals and how their actions could affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Students fully understand what is involved in practicing engineering ethics, as this edition teaches a proven methodology for analyzing cases using ethical problem-solving techniques.
  • Examples of cases that already have been analyzed clearly demonstrate the methodology used and show your students the outcomes achieved.
  • Engineering codes of ethics are clearly explained and applied to various cases.

Table of Contents

1. Why Professional Ethics?
2. Responsibility in Engineering.
3. Framing the Problem.
4. Resolving Problems.
5. The Social and Value Dimensions of Technology.
6. Trust and Reliability.
7. Safety, Risk and Liability in Engineering.
8. Engineers in Organizations.
9. Engineers and the Environment.
10. International Engineering Professionalism.

What's New

  • For those who want to emphasize more theory within their course, suggested readings make it simple to assign readings that correspond closely with specific chapters in this edition.
  • Study questions accompanying this edition’s case studies help students focus on the ethical theories from the chapter as well as the practical effects of certain behaviors.
  • Your students are able to analyze some of the most recent events and current policies as case studies highlight the latest engineering achievements and disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
  • All of the cases removed from previous editions are now available on the text's companion website for your convenience and continued use.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charles E. Harris, Jr.

Charles E. (Ed) Harris, Jr., received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, having had an undergraduate major in biology and minor in chemistry. He is Professor of Philosophy and Sue and Harry Bovay Professor of the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering. His publications are primarily in applied ethics and engineering ethics.

Michael S. Pritchard

Michael S. Pritchard is Willard A. Brown Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University. His areas of teaching include ethics (theoretical and practical); the philosophies of David Hume, Adam Smith, and Thomas Reid; and the philosophical thinking of children. His publications are in the areas of ethical theory, practical and professional ethics, communication ethics, and philosophy for children. He is co-editor (with Elaine Englehardt) of TEACHING ETHICS, the official journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Michael J. Rabins

Michael J. Rabins was active in ASME and other volunteer organizations on engineering ethics issues. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and ended his teaching career at Texas A&M University. He helped establish a course in engineering ethics in 1989 that is now required of all engineering majors. Professor Rabins died in 2007.