Toward an Epistemology of Engineering

2008 Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering, The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, November 10-12, 2008

2 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2008

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Antonio Dias de Figueiredo

Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra

Date Written: November 1, 2008

Abstract

What's Engineering Knowledge? How different is it from traditional Scientific Knowledge? How can we obtain reliable Engineering Knowledge? How can we assess the value of Engineering Knowledge? To help answer these questions and contribute to a reflection on the epistemology of engineering, we propose a model where engineering is seen as developing in four dimensions linked in a transdisciplinary relationship. We then articulate this model with the four key questions of the philosophy of knowledge, to clarify the nature of this relationship and illuminate some distinctive attributes of engineering knowledge.

Keywords: design, education, engineering, epistemology, philosophy, technology

JEL Classification: O30, O32, I21

Suggested Citation

Figueiredo, Antonio Dias de, Toward an Epistemology of Engineering (November 1, 2008). 2008 Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering, The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, November 10-12, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1314224

Antonio Dias de Figueiredo (Contact Author)

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