Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Engineering, Development and Philosophy

American, Chinese and European Perspectives

Editors: Christensen, S.H., Mitcham, C., Li, B., An, Y. (Eds.)

  • Worldwide in scope, cross-cultural in approach
  • The first volume to integrate Chinese, European, and American scholarly perspectives on issues at the nexus of engineering, development, and culture  
  • Covers a vast range of aspects from nanotechnology to intercontinental modalities in educating engineers   ​
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This inclusive, cross-cultural study rethinks the nexus between engineering, development, and culture. It offers diverse commentary from a range of disciplinary perspectives on how the philosophies of today’s cultural triumvirate—American, European and Chinese—are shaped and given nuance by the cross-fertilization of engineering and development. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences as well as engineers themselves reflect on key questions that arise in this relational context, such as how international development work affects the professional views, identities, practice and ethics of engineers.   The first volume to offer a systematic and collaborative study that cuts across continental boundaries, the book delineates the kinds of skills and competences that tomorrow’s engineering success stories will require, and analyzes fascinating aspects of the interplay between engineering and philosophy, such as how traditionally Chinese ways of thinking can influence modern engineering practice in the world’s most populous country. China’s problematic mix of engineering woes and wonders, from the high-profile crash on its high-profile rail network to its ‘bird’s nest’ Olympic stadium, adds to the urgency for reform, while Europe’s Enlightenment-informed legal frameworks are contrasted with Chinese mechanisms in their governance of the field of nanotechnology, a crucial element of future technical evolution. Fascinating and compelling in equal measure, this volume addresses one of the topics at the leading edge of humanity’s quest to survive, and to thrive.​

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Turning Engineering Green: Sustainable Development and Engineering Education

    Jamison, Andrew

    Pages 7-21

  • From a Micro–Macro Framework to a Micro–Meso–Macro Framework

    Li, Bocong

    Pages 23-36

  • Traditional Chinese Thinking and Its Influence on Modern Engineering and Social Development

    Wang, Qian (et al.)

    Pages 37-46

  • Engineering and Development in Modern China: Challenges and Responses

    Hong, Xiaonan (et al.)

    Pages 47-67

  • “Ecocity China”: An Ethos Under Development

    Schienke, Erich W.

    Pages 69-85

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Hardcover $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Engineering, Development and Philosophy
Book Subtitle
American, Chinese and European Perspectives
Editors
  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
  • Carl Mitcham
  • Bocong Li
  • Yanming An
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5282-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5282-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5281-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9254-8
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 412
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