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Philosophical Engineer: Practical Ethics, Logic, Wisdom and Beyond

Trey Brant, PhD. & William “Bill” Brant, PE

Do you know the difference between engineering and philosophy of engineering?

Practical ethics is one difference between the two. This is because engineering can and sometimes really does involve the production of the most destructive products that the world has ever witnessed and suffered. And conversely, the most constructive products. From atom bombs to dams that protect the public.

Ethics is the study of practice. Ethics takes its study very seriously, knowing the world is not solely populated with saints. Ethics requires a completely holistic approach, especially regarding the sudden occurrence of urgent situations in life, especially those Enormous emergencies wrought by bad engineering.

Engineering, in contrast, involves such specificity and precision that one often does become overly focused on some particular set of processes and products. For the latter reasons, what is crucial to understand is a dialectic (art of investigating and/or discussing truths of opinions). A dialectic can arise from engineering disasters, engineering successes, and via attempts to prevent disasters and increase successes in engineering.

This is exactly what this course will do for engineers, presenting a vast number of perspectives, arguments, counter-arguments, retorts, and discussions that create ongoing dialectics, stemming from engineering. And our course accomplishes this via the presentation of forty years worth of wisdom coming directly from the dialectic starting from an engineering catastrophe, in the late 20th century. The ethical focus is not so much on the lack of specificity or lack of precision involved in the bad civil engineering, architecture, and construction, but rather on thousands of voices and participants in the dialectic resulting from bad engineering. These voices morally demand that No such thing ever happen again!

Our overall aim for this course is to help prevent further engineering catastrophes via showing, step by step, the way toward the path of enlightenment and wisdom. That is, our aim is for you to become a "Philosophical Engineer" engaging in crucial dialectics necessary for our time and place in the world.

The content between philosophy and philosophy of engineering is the same. This becomes obvious in respect to Any engineering project whatsoever being fair grounds for absolutely thorough philosophical discussion, analysis, and skepticism. Nevertheless, engineering concerns "specific measurements, materials, structures, functions," and is placed under "particular time constraints at certain locations." In contrast, philosophy of engineering refers to "measurements, materials, structures, and functions in general" with respect to "timelessness and ideal space."

To facilitate your understanding of the material, we compare and contrast two different types of professionals with which we are all familiar, the medical doctor or surgeon and the engineer. Thereby our course, while specifically providing engineering examples (civil, nuclear, etc.), is for all professionals, such as emergency professionals caring for survivors of engineering catastrophes.

From a full digestion of our course material, you will become an ethical and just engineer, a logical engineer, a wise engineer. In short, you will be a "Philosophical Engineer" ready to engage in dialectics of engineering and beyond.

Prepare yourself to be enlightened in ways that apply practical ethics to logic, wisdom, engineering, health, and professionalism in general. In this course, we demonstrate the "objectivity of ethics" with dialectics necessary for the "continuation of civil society."

Our course is short and concise but comprehensive with profound consistency with practical ethics for engineers. We present 15 figures serving to describe concepts and to offer photographic examples of the utmost importance in our sections on logic and wisdom for engineering.

Thank you. We wish you an enjoyable experience during your course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.