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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Philosophy of Engineering, East and West

Editors: Mitcham, C., LI, B., Newberry, B., ZHANG, B. (Eds.)

  • Is an original contribution to the emerging discourse in the philosophy of engineering
  • Is the first book to build bridges between Eastern and Western contributions to the field
  • Presents new, interdisciplinary perspectives and includes case studies
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This co-edited volume compares Chinese and Western experiences of engineering, technology, and development. In doing so, it builds a bridge between the East and West and advances a dialogue in the philosophy of engineering. Divided into three parts, the book starts with studies on epistemological and ontological issues, with a special focus on engineering design, creativity, management, feasibility, and sustainability. Part II considers relationships between the history and philosophy of engineering, and includes a general argument for the necessity of dialogue between history and philosophy. It continues with a general introduction to traditional Chinese attitudes toward engineering and technology, and philosophical case studies of the Chinese steel industry, railroads, and cybernetics in the Soviet Union. Part III focuses on engineering, ethics, and society, with chapters on engineering education and practice in China and the West. The book’s analyses of the interactions of science, engineering, ethics, politics, and policy in different societal contexts are of special interest. The volume as a whole marks a new stage in the emergence of the philosophy of engineering as a new regionalization of philosophy. This carefully edited interdisciplinary volume grew out of an international conference on the philosophy of engineering hosted by the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. It includes 30 contributions by leading philosophers, social scientists, and engineers from Australia, China, Europe, and the United States.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • On Relationships between the History and Philosophy of Engineering

    Bocong, LI

    Pages 3-12

  • Critical Thinking and Heuristics: What Philosophy Can Learn from Engineering about the Back of the Envelope

    Michelfelder, Diane P.

    Pages 13-21

  • Ontology of Technical Artifacts: A Proposal

    Poser, Hans

    Pages 23-36

  • Toward an Experimental Philosophy of Engineering

    Dazhou, Wang

    Pages 37-50

  • Feasibility and Acceptability in Engineering

    WANG, Guoyu (et al.)

    Pages 51-59

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62450-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62448-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy of Engineering, East and West
Editors
  • Carl Mitcham
  • Bocong LI
  • Byron Newberry
  • Baichun ZHANG
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
330
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62450-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62450-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62448-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XL, 333
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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