Ethics Spun from Fairy Tales

by Jack McMinn, (F.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Bartle Wells Assocs., San Francisco, Calif.; Member, ASCE Committee on Professional Conduct,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 2, Pg. 165-181

Document Type: Journal Paper


Considerations are given about the development and changes in the ASCE Code of Ethics. The oxymoronic nature of the concept is analyzed. The changes made in recent years are shown in connection with the DoJ, and other federal requirements, as well as the importance of having a code of ethics. Case studies are given as used in the Wisconsin Section. They illustrate the importance of various parts of the code. The paper ends with a quotation from Shakespeare, This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Ethics | Case studies | Federal government | Wisconsin | United States

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