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Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision


Every ethical situation has a "system" characteristic with a group of human and nonhuman elements linked in a variety of interactions and interdependencies. The system allows the elements to act in part or as a whole towards achieving a spectrum of goals, objectives, or ends. The systems view asserts that any local and bipolar understanding of an ethical situation would be deficient as it would neglect certain interactions and interdependencies as well as overlook differing orientations of agents towards different goals and objectives. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the need for a systems-based view of ethics.

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Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision. James L. Heft, S.M., and Kevin Hallinan, eds. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press (2012).

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University of Notre Dame Press

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Notre Dame, IN