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This quantity, the results of an ongoing bridge construction attempt between engineers and humanists, addresses quite a few philosophical, moral, and coverage concerns emanating from engineering and expertise. Interwoven via its chapters are subject matters, frequently held in pressure with each other: “Exploring obstacles” and “Expanding Connections.” “Expanding Connections” highlights contributions that glance to philosophy for perception into many of the demanding situations engineers face in operating with coverage makers, lay designers, and different individuals of the general public. It additionally speaks to reflections integrated during this quantity at the connections among truth and cost, cause and emotion, engineering perform and the social solid, and, in fact, among engineering and philosophy. “Exploring limitations” highlights contributions that concentrate on a few form of demarcation. Public coverage units a boundary among what's regulated from what's now not, educational disciplines delimit themselves by means of their matters and strategies of inquiry, and professions technique issues of targeted ambitions and by utilizing thoughts and language particularly ways in which create capability hindrances to collaboration with different fields. those and different kinds of boundary environment also are addressed during this quantity.

Contributors discover those subject matters in various particular contexts, together with engineering epistemology, engineers’ social obligations, engineering and public policy-making, engineering innovation, and the affective dimensions of engineering paintings. The booklet additionally comprises analyses of social and moral concerns with rising applied sciences reminiscent of 3D printing and its use in clinical functions, in addition to social robots. preliminary types of the invited papers integrated during this e-book have been first provided on the 2014 assembly of the discussion board on Philosophy, Engineering, and know-how (fPET), held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, united states. the quantity furthers fPET’s rationale of extending and constructing the philosophy of engineering as a tutorial box, and inspiring dialog, selling a feeling of shared firm, and construction neighborhood between philosophers and engineers throughout a range of cultural backgrounds and ways to inquiry.

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In terms of this image, the empirical turn may be interpreted as moving philosophical questions about technology away from the center of the fabric with all “its elaborate myths or fictions”, toward the edges of the fabric, which “must be kept square with experience”. (p. xxi) They stress that philosophy of technology not abandon its analytic, philosophical character, but rather that empirical scholarship is a necessary addition to purely normative/evaluative scholarship. One anticipated benefit of this squaring would be the addition of new topics, questions and conceptual frameworks to the philosophy of technology.

Commentators on an early workshop on the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology, noted similar challenges (Kroes and Meijers 2000, p. xxxiii). As one purpose of this volume is to explore boundaries and interdisciplinarity, we offer here some reflection on our personal challenges and journeys to this work. This reflection may help others understand how our work is positioned, or, if nothing else, it will be cathartic for one of us. None of us identifies as a philosopher – and yet, we think that our knowledge and that of our participants may belong to a philosophy of engineering.

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