Philosophy of Engineering, East and West

  • Carl Mitcham
  • Bocong LI
  • Byron Newberry
  • Baichun ZHANG

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 330)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Philosophy of Engineering: Theoretical Issues

  3. Philosophy of Engineering: Practical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. James L. Barnes, Susan K. Barnes, Michael J. Dyrenfurth
      Pages 95-102
      Pages 137-148
  4. Philosophical Perspectives on Engineering History

  5. Engineering, Ethics, and Society

  6. Supplement: Two Interviews with Influential Chinese Philosophers of Engineering and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. YUAN Deyu (远德玉), CAO Dongming (曹东溟), Carl MITCHAM, YIN Wenjuan (尹文娟)
      Pages 283-299
    3. Dachun LIU (刘大椿), Carl MITCHAM, Junhai ZHAO (赵俊海)
      Pages 301-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-333

About this book


This co-edited volume compares Chinese and Western experiences of engineering, technology, and development. In doing so, it builds a bridge between the East and West and advances a dialogue in the philosophy of engineering. Divided into three parts, the book starts with studies on epistemological and ontological issues, with a special focus on engineering design, creativity, management, feasibility, and sustainability. Part II considers relationships between the history and philosophy of engineering, and includes a general argument for the necessity of dialogue between history and philosophy. It continues with a general introduction to traditional Chinese attitudes toward engineering and technology, and philosophical case studies of the Chinese steel industry, railroads, and cybernetics in the Soviet Union. Part III focuses on engineering, ethics, and society, with chapters on engineering education and practice in China and the West. The book’s analyses of the interactions of science, engineering, ethics, politics, and policy in different societal contexts are of special interest. The volume as a whole marks a new stage in the emergence of the philosophy of engineering as a new regionalization of philosophy. This carefully edited interdisciplinary volume grew out of an international conference on the philosophy of engineering hosted by the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. It includes 30 contributions by leading philosophers, social scientists, and engineers from Australia, China, Europe, and the United States.


Chinese Philosophy Eastern and Western Philosophy Engineering Design Epistemology of Engineering Philosophy of Engineering Philosophy of Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Carl Mitcham
    • 1
  • Bocong LI
    • 2
  • Byron Newberry
    • 3
  • Baichun ZHANG
    • 4
  1. 1.School of PhilosophyRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Engineering & Computer ScienceBaylor UniversityWacoUSA
  4. 4.Chinese Academy of SciencesInstitute for the History of Natural SciencesBeijingChina

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