Michael Davis is senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor emeritus of philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technology. Among his publications are Conflict of Interest in the Professions; Profession, Code, and Ethics; Engineering Ethics; and Ethics and the Legal Profession.
Part I: Distinguishing Engineering from other Professions
Part II: The Study of Engineering as a Profession
Part III: Professional Responsibility of Engineers
Part IV: Engineering’s Globalism
A Research Agenda
One practical benefit of philosophy is that it can clarify thought. Davis has spent his career clarifying thoughts about engineering—his own as well as those of others. In this volume, he offers a book-length exploration of what engineering is, what professions are, and why philosophers, engineers, and the public should care about such ideas…. Not an engineering ethics textbook as such, the work nevertheless keeps ethics in the foreground, examining engineering in various contexts, ranging from how engineering ethics is taught to whether software engineering will ever become engineering. Davis disagrees with many commonplace clichés about engineering, yet his statements of disagreement are always illuminating and provide food for deeper thought. Philosophers and thoughtful engineers will find much to ponder in this book. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
Engineering as a Global Profession is a timely and extremely relevant contribution to our attempts to come to grips with the nature of engineering as an activity and the prominent role and responsibilities of engineers as professionals in the 21st century. Anyone who wants to have a better understanding of engineering is well advised to read Michael Davis’ wide ranging and well written book. Davis eloquently draws upon a life-long study of the Philosophy of Engineering and provides both the relevant facts and insightful philosophical analysis in a coherent account. A must read.
Michael Davis is one of the pioneers in engineering ethics and the philosophy of engineering. This book cogently brings his views together. He argues that engineering is a profession and should not be understood as a derivate of either science or technology. A must-read for anyone interested in the field.
1/3/22, Engineering Ethics Blog: Davis adapted his book into a blog post.