The Search for Engineering Ethics

by Samuel C. Florman, (F.ASCE), Vice Pres. and General Mgr.; Kreisler Borg Florman Construction Co., Scarsdale, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 5, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


The author suggests that engineering ethics is not a set of guild rules governing polite behavior; not a matter of obeying the law or being prudent in business; not a viable substitute for government regulation and not a medium for expressing one's personal opinions about life. By process of elimination, one can conclude that engineering ethics is essentially a commitment to excellence. By engaging in a search for true excellence, engineers are likely to encounter true virtue.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Engineering firms | Laws | Government | Lifeline systems

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