Books  |    |  January 1, 2018

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases, 6th edition

Book by Charles E. Harris, Jr., Michael S. Pritchard, Michael J. Rabins, Ray James, and Elaine Englehardt.
Published by Cengage Learning. 336 pages.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Engineering Ethics helps students understand the importance of their conduct as professionals and encourages them to reflect on how their actions can affect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as the environment. The sixth edition provides contemporary cases and a proven, structured method for analyzing them; practical application of the Engineering Code of Ethics; focus on critical moral reasoning and effective organizational communication; emphasis on reliability and trustworthiness; future challenges with evolving technology; and in-depth coverage of sustainability and economic development, risk management, ethical responsibilities and globalized standards for engineering.

  • Real-life case studies highlighting the latest engineering achievements and failures give your students plenty of opportunities to apply what they learn while analyzing some of the most recent events and current policies in engineering. The text presents a proven method for analyzing cases using ethical problem-solving techniques. Examples of cases that already have been analyzed clearly demonstrate this method, which has become a hallmark of the text.
  • Excellent for homework assignments, group projects or lively classroom debate, cases can be used to stimulate thought and questions as they are read and discussed.
  • Extremely student friendly, the text offers clear explanations of the Engineering Code of Ethics that apply to various cases.

Instructor Companion Website

Instructors can access PowerPoint presentations by chapter and Discussion Questions to accompany their courses from the publisher’s website.

Table of Contents

  1. Engineers: Professionals for the Human Good.
  2. A Practical Ethics Toolkit.
  3. Responsibility in Engineering.
  4. Engineers in Organizations.
  5. Trust and Reliability.
  6. The Engineer’s Responsibility to Assess and Manage Risk.
  7. Engineering and the Environment.
  8. Engineering in the Global Context.
  9. New Horizons in Engineering.
    List of Cases.
    Taxonomy of Cases.
    Codes of Ethics.

About the Authors

  • Charles E. Harris, Jr., Texas A&M University, received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. 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, Western Michigan University, Willard A. Brown Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University. His publications are in the areas of ethical theory, practical and professional ethics, communication ethics, and philosophy for children.
  • Michael J. Rabins, Texas A and M University, 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.
  • Ray W. James, P.E., Texas A&M, received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas and is a Civil Engineering faculty member at Texas A&M University and Assistant Dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He coordinates the Engineering & Ethics course that A&M requires of all engineering majors.
  • Elaine E. Englehardt, Utah Valley University, Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Utah Valley University with her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She has taught ethics, philosophy, and communication classes at UVU for the past 35 years. As a professor of philosophy, she teaches courses such as Ethics and Values, Business Ethics, Communication Ethics, Bioethics, and Legal Ethics. She is the author of seven books.