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Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases 5th Edition

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About the Author

Charles E. (Ed) Harris, Jr., received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, having had an undergraduate major in biology and minor in chemistry. He is Professor of Philosophy and Sue and Harry Bovay Professor of the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering. His publications are primarily in applied ethics and engineering ethics.

Michael S. Pritchard is Willard A. Brown Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University. His areas of teaching include ethics (theoretical and practical); the philosophies of David Hume, Adam Smith, and Thomas Reid; and the philosophical thinking of children. His publications are in the areas of ethical theory, practical and professional ethics, communication ethics, and philosophy for children. He is co-editor (with Elaine Englehardt) of TEACHING ETHICS, the official journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Michael J. Rabins was active in ASME and other volunteer organizations on engineering ethics issues. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and ended his teaching career at Texas A&M University. He helped establish a course in engineering ethics in 1989 that is now required of all engineering majors. Professor Rabins died in 2007.

Ray W. James, P.E., received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas and is a Civil Engineering faculty member at Texas A&M University and Assistant Dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He coordinates the Engineering & Ethics course that A&M requires of all engineering majors.

Elaine E. Englehardt is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Utah Valley University (UVU) with her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She has taught ethics, philosophy, and communication classes at UVU for the past 35 years. As a professor of philosophy, she teaches courses such as Ethics and Values, Business Ethics, Communication Ethics, Bioethics, and Legal Ethics. She is a broadcast Philosophy Professor for Utah's channel 9 (KUED). For more than 20 years, she has written and directed seven multiyear, national grants. Four large grants are in ethics across the curriculum from the Department of Education, and three are from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of seven books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (January 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133934684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133934684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book isn't terrible, but can be painful to read at times. The authors seem to be "beating a dead horse" with a lot of the topics covered in this textbook. I am sure it is not the worst textbook on the subject out there, but I can almost ashore you that there are much better out there.
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I didn't open this book for the course more than once. That was a futile attempt to find a reference for one of the course papers. That is when I realized that the instructors weren't really following the book at all and we only bought the book because one of the authors was an instructor. My personal class notes were a far better resource and I ended up with an A.

It's also way too small for the price. I've read longer novels that were a 1/10th the price of this one. Not to mention, it's paperback too. I was shocked when I got it and realized I paid $120 for that. I bought 2 other books, both 3 or 4 times the size, in better condition, and in hardback, and they were cheaper!

Maybe it's a great book when it's actually used right, but it wasn't used right for me. It was also way too expensive. This book is maybe worth $20 or $30 at most.
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This book can feel like a chore to read at times and appears come off as a sociology book in disguise. Nevertheless, engineers cannot escape from writing or reading. The classic cases of engineering ethics are present here and the matters are explained with sufficient detail. Challenger, Columbia, Katrina, Pinto, and Citicorp to say the least. There are also more cases at the end to write research papers on. Altogether, I have to say, this book and course are an impact that broaden and conscientize the engineer or any profession for that matter. .
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Expensive and not useful, don't buy unless you really have to.

The book is mostly case studies and does not offer helpful suggestion into ethical practice.
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Two chapters out of the entire book were really worth reading. The rest seemed to be fluff to increase the page count in order to justify the astronomical cost of the book
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By srijan on November 21, 2015
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Its an okay, kind of book to read. Lots of theory to cover
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It worked ok for my ethics class.
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Book was ok a bit worn out.
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