A Moral Appraisal of Cost-Benefit Analysis

by Carl Nelson, (M.ASCE), Dir., Field Services; ASCE, New York, NY 10017,
Susan Rae Peterson, Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy; C.W. Post Center, Long Island Univ., Greenvale, NY,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 21-25

Document Type: Journal Paper


A cost-benefit analysis is one in which the engineer weighs the possible positive consequences, or benefits, of a given action against the negative consequences, or costs, of that same action. An ethical analysis of the cost-benefit analysis is discussed from a philosophical point of view. Advantages and disadvantages are considered from a moral point of view.

Subject Headings: Benefit cost ratios | Professional societies | Ethics

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