On the Role of Design in Engineering Theories; Pambour’s Theory of the Steam Engine

  • Peter Kroes
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 144)


This paper deals with the role of design in engineering theories.1 Staudenmaier considers engineering theories to be one of the four characteristics which distinguish technological from scientific knowledge.2 He gives the following definition of this type of theory, which he claims is more less generally accepted:3

An engineering theory is a body of knowledge using experimental methods to construct a formal and mathematically structured intellectual system. The system explains the behavioral characteristics of a particular class of artifact or artifact-related materials.


Design Parameter Scientific Theory Technological Knowledge Heat Engine Cylinder Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kroes
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  1. 1.Enidhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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