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Title: On "bettering humanity" in science and engineering education
Authors: Stieb, James A.
Keywords: Altruism;Bettering Humanity;Egoism;Ethics;Engineering Education;Science Education
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Science and Engineering Ethics, 13(2): pp. 265-273.
Abstract: Authors such as Krishnamany Selvan argue that “all human endeavors including engineering and science” have a single primary objective: “bettering humanity.” They favor discussing “the history of science and measurement uncertainty.” This paper respectfully disagrees and argues that “human endeavors including engineering and science” should not pursue “bettering humanity” as their primary objective. Instead these efforts should first pursue individual betterment. One cannot better humanity without knowing what that means. However, there is no one unified theory of what is to the betterment of humanity. Simultaneously, there is no one field (neither science, nor engineering, nor philosophy) entitled to rule univocally. Perhaps if theorists tended their own gardens, the common weal would be tended thereby.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2646
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