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A comprehensive list of books, articles and web resources for those who would like to explore ethics more deeply.

General introductions to ethics

  • Benn, P., 1998. Ethics. London: Routledge;
  • Chadwick, R., Callahan, D., and Singer, P., eds. 1998. Encyclopaedia of Applied Ethics. New York and  London: Academic Press;
  • Lafollette, H., ed. 2002. Ethics in Practice. Oxford: Blackwell;
  • Singer, P., ed. 1991. A Companion to Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell;
  • Singer, P., 1993. Practical Ethics. 2nd edition, Cambridge: CUP.

Engineering ethics

  • Allen, L., and Voss, D., 1997. Ethics in technical communication. New York: Wiley. [L];
  • Baura, G. D., 2006. Engineering ethics: an industrial perspective. Amsterdam: Elsevier. [L];
  • Budinger, T. F., and Budinger, M. D., 2006. Ethics of emerging technologies: scientific facts and moral challenges. New York: Wiley. [L];
  • Davis, M., 1991. Thinking Like an Engineer: The Place of a Code of Ethics in the Practice of a Profession. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 20(2), pp. 150-167;
  • Davis, M., 1998. Thinking Like an Engineer: studies in the ethics of a profession. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [L];
  • Fledderman, C. B., 1999. Engineering ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. [L];
  • Harris, C., Pritchard, M., and Rabins, H. 1995. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. New York: Wadsworth;
  • Herkert, J. R., 1999. Social, ethical, and policy implications of engineering: selected readings. New York: IEEE Press. [L];
  • Johnson, D. G., 1991. Ethical issues in engineering. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. [L];
  • Martin, M., and Schinzinger, R., 2005. Ethics in Engineering. 4th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill;
  • Pinkus, R. L. B., Shumanl, J., Hummon, N. P., and Wolfe, H., 1997. Engineering ethics: balancing cost, schedule, and risk: lessons learned from the Space Shuttle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [L];
  • Robinson, S., Dixon, R.; Preece, C., and Moodley, K., 2007. Engineering, business and professional ethics. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. [L];
  • Unger, S. H., 1994. Controlling technology: ethics and the responsible engineer. 2nd edition, New York: Wiley. [L];
  • Vesilind, P. A., and Gunn, A. S., 1998. Engineering, ethics and the environment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [L];
  • Whitbeck, C., 1998. Ethics in engineering practice and research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [L];
  • Humphreys, K. K., 1999. What every engineer should know about ethics. New York: Dekker. [L];
  • Ethical issues in biomedical engineering. IEE colloquium, London, 18 June 1998 (Digest 1998/283), London: IEE. [L];
  • The engineer of the 21st century inquiry: engineers for sustainability, 2000. London: Forum for the Future. [L].

Professionalism

  • Armstrong, J., Dixon, R., and Robinson, S., 1999. The Decision Makers: Ethics for Engineers. London: Thomas Telford, chapter 3;
  • Harris, C., Pritchard, M., and Rabins, H., 1995. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. New York: Wadsworth, chapter 2.

Science and technology ethics

  • Hunt, G., and Mehta, M. D., 2008. Nanotechnology: risk, ethics and law. London: Earthscan. [L];
  • Spier, R. E., 2001. Science and technology ethics. London: Routledge. [L];
  • Weeks, R. A., and Kinser, D.L., 1994. Editing the refereed scientific journal: practical, political and ethical issues. New York: IEEE. [L].

Business ethics

  • Bowie, N. E., 2002. Blackwell guide to business ethics. Oxford: Blackwell. [L];
  • Chryssides, G., and Kaler, J., 1993. An Introduction to Business Ethics. Andover: Thomson Learning;
  • Crane, A., and Matten, A., 2003. Business Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
  • Frederick, Robert E., 1999. A Companion to Business Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell;
  • Regan, T., ed. 1984. Just Business: New Introductory Essays in Business Ethics. New York: Random House;

Ethics and computing

  • Adams, A. T., and McCrindle, R. J., 2007. Pandora's box: social and professional issues of the information age. New York: Wiley. [L];
  • Ayres, R., 1999. The essence of professional issues in computing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. [L];
  • Baase, S., 2008. Gift of fire: social, legal, and ethical issues for computing and the Internet. 3rd edition, Cambridge: Pearson. [L];
  • Berleur, J., and Brunnstein, K., 1996. Ethics of computing: codes, spaces for discussion and law. London: Chapman & Hall. [L];
  • Bowyer, K. W.,  2001. Ethics and computing: living responsibly in a computerized world. 2nd edition, New York: IEEE. [L];
  • Brown, G., 1990. The information game: ethical issues in a microchip world. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press. [L];
  • Bynum, T.W., and Rogerson, S., 2004. Computer ethics and professional responsibility. Oxford: Blackwell. [L];
  • Epstein, R. G., 1997. The case of the killer robot: stories about the professional, ethical and societal dimensions of computing. New York: Wiley. [L];
  • Forester, T., and Morrison, P., 1994. Computer ethics: cautionary tales and ethical dilemmas in computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT. [L];
  • Goodman, K. W., 1998. Ethics, computing and medicine: informatics and the transformation of health care. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [L];
  • Kizza, J. M., 2007. Ethical and social issues in the information age. 3rd edition, Berlin: Springer. [L];
  • Kluge, E-H., 2003. A handbook of ethics for health informatics professionals. Swindon: BCS. [L];
  • Langford, D., 1995. Practical computer ethics. New York: McGraw-Hill. [L];
  • Langford, D., 2000. Internet ethics. Basingstoke: Macmillan. [L];
  • Northcutt, S., 2004. IT ethics handbook: right and wrong for IT professionals. Rockland, MA: Syngress. [L];
  • Salehnia, A., 2002. Ethical issues of information systems. Hershey, PA: IRM Press. [L];
  • Secker, P., 1998. Morality in the information society: edited forum proceedings. Part of the Engineering Council 20/20 Vision Programme, Communications theme. London, 11 December 1997, London: IEE. [L];
  • Traber, M., 1986. The myth of the information revolution: social and ethical implications of communications technology. London: Sage. [L];

Defence

  • Davis, M., 1991. Thinking Like an Engineer: The Place of a Code of Ethics in the Practice of a Profession. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 20 (2), pp. 150-167;
  • Davis, M., 1998. Thinking Like an Engineer. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapters 4 and 8;
  • Forge, J., 2004. The Morality of Weapons Research. Science and Engineering Ethics, 10, pp. 531-542;
  • Glover, J., 1977. Causing Death and Saving Lives. London: Penguin, chapter 19;
  • Harris, C., Pritchard, M., and Rabins, H., 1995. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. New York: Wadsworth, chapter 2;
  • Kemp, K., 1994. Conducting Scientific Research for the Military as a Civic Duty. In: E. Sherwin et al. eds. Ethical Issues in Scientific Research, pp. 387-396, New York: Garland;
  • Lackey, D., 1994 Military Funds, Moral Demand: Personal Responsibilities of the Individual Scientist. In: E. Sherwin et al. eds. Ethical Issues in Scientific Research. New York: Garland, pp. 397-409;
  • Oderberg, D., 2000. Applied Ethics: A Non-Consequentialist Approach. Oxford: Blackwell, chapter 5;
  • Russell, B., 1915. The Ethics of War. International Journal of Ethics, 25 (2), pp. 127-142;
  • Walzer, M., 2006. Just and Unjust Wars. 4th edition, New York: Basic Books;
  • Sherwin, E., Gendin, S., and Kleiman, L., eds. 1994. Ethical Issues in Scientific Research. New York: Garland;
  • Swyter, H., 1970. Political Considerations and Analysis of Military Requirements for Chemical and Biological Weapons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 65 (1), pp. 261-270;
  • Unger, S., 1994. Controlling Technology. 2nd edition, New York: Wiley, chapter 4;
  • Vesilind, A.P., and Gunn, A.S., 1998. Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapter 3.

Ethics and archaeology

  • Scarre, G., 2003. Archaeology and Respect for the Dead. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 20 (3), pp. 237–249;
  • Scarre, C., and Scarre, F., eds. 2006. The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice. Cambridge: CUP;
  • Wylie, A., 2002. Thinking from Things: Essays in the Philosophy of Archaeology. Berkeley: University of California Press. Especially Part 5.

Environment and sustainability

  • Benson, J., 2000. Environmental Ethics: An introduction with readings. London: Routledge;
  • Singer, P., 1993. Practical Ethics. 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapter 10;
  • Whitby, B., 1996. Reflections on artificial intelligence: the legal, moral and ethical dimensions. Bristol: Intellect. [L].

Safety and risk

  • Hansson, S. O., 2003. Ethical Criteria of Risk Acceptance. Erkenntis 59, pp. 291-309;
  • Harris, C., Pritchard, M., and Rabins, H., 1995. Engineering Ethics: Concepts & Cases. New York: Wadsworth, chapter 8;
  • Kneese, A.V., Ben-David, S., and Schulze, W.D., 1982. The Ethical Foundations of Benefit–Cost Analysis Techniques. In: MacLean, D., and Brown, P., eds. Energy and the Future. Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield;
  • MacLean, D., ed. 1986. Values at Risk. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Allanheld;
  • Parfit, D., 1983 The Further Future: The Discount Rate. In: MacLean, D., and Brown, P., eds. Energy and the Future. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 31–7;
  • Rescher, N., 1983. Risk: A Philosophical Introduction. Washington DC: University Press of America.

Safety at work

  • Ridley, J., and Channing, J., 2003. Safety at Work. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd;
  • St John Holt, A., 2005. Principles of Health and Safety at Work. Wigston, Leicestershire: IOSH services;
  • The IET’s Fact File on Health and safety.

Ethics and gender

  • Gilligan, C., 1982. In a Different Voice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Conflicts of interest

  • Martin, M., and Schinzinger, R., 2000. Introduction to Engineering Ethics. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 149-156.

Conscience

  • Bennett, J., 1974. The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn. Philosophy, 49, pp. 123-134.

Culpable ignorance

  • Smith, H., 1983. Culpable Ignorance. Philosophical Review, 92(4), pp. 543-571.

Duty to employers

  • Baier, K., 1984. Duties to One's Employer. In: Regan, T., ed. Just Business. New York: Random House. pp. 60-99;
  • Harris, C., Pritchard, M., and Rabins, H., 1995. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. New York: Wadsworth;
  • Scrag, B., 2001. The Moral Significance of Employee Loyalty. Business Ethics Quarterly, 11 (1), pp. 41-66;
  • Whitbeck, C., 1998. Ethics in Engineering Practice & Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapter 5.

Honesty

  • Martin, M., and Schinzinger, R., 2005. Ethics in Engineering. 4th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, chapter 7.

Integrity

  • Calhoun, C., 1995. Standing for Something. Journal of Philosophy, XCII, pp. 235-260;
  • McFall, L., 1987. Integrity. Ethics, 98, pp. 5-20;
  • Smart, J.J.C., and Williams, B., 1973. Utilitarianism: For & Against. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 93-118;
  • Taylor, G., 1981. Integrity. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, S55, pp. 143-159;
  • Montefiore, A., and Vines, D., eds. 1999. Integrity: in the private and public domains. London: Routledge.

Justice and Disability

  • Becker, L.C., 2005. Reciprocity, Justice, and Disability. Ethics, 116, pp. 9-39.

Moral relativism

  • Benn, P., 1998. Ethics. London: Routledge, chapter 1;
  • Sommers, C., and Sommers, F., 2001. Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, chapter 3.

Promise-keeping

  • Kagan, S., 1998. Normative Ethics. Boulder, CO: Westview, pp. 116-125;
  • Kraut, R., 2007. What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 215-224.

Resource allocation

  • Harris, J., 2006. The Value of Life. In: Kuhse, H., and Singer, P., eds. Bioethics: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 428-447;
  • Lockwood, M., 2006. Quality of Life and Resource Allocation. In: Kuhse, H., and Singer, P., eds. Bioethics: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 451-464.

Trust

  • Baier, A., 1986. Trust and Anti-trust. Ethics, 96, pp. 231–60;
  • Gambetta, D., ed. 1988. Trust: Making and Breaking Cooperative Relations. New York: Blackwell.

Whistleblowing/professional duty

  • Martin, M., and Schinzinger, R., 2005. Ethics in Engineering. 4th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, chapter 6;
  • Whitbeck, C., 1998. Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapter 3.

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