Final Review. F'09

Final Review. F'09 - Review for Final Exam PHIL/ENGR...

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Review for Final Exam PHIL/ENGR 482—Fall, 2009 1. Review the factual/conceptual/application/moral distinctions and the main ideas about RP and utilitarianism. Although on the mid-term, these topics will be covered again on the final exam. You should understand the three tests for each of the two moral theories. In particular, be sure you understand the difference between the Golden Rule, rule utilitarianism and the self-defeating test. They all use the idea of universalization, but in different ways. Also, the distinction between provisional and all-things-considered judgments is important. For example, provisionally, bribery is always wrong, but there may be occasions when, all things considered, it is permissible. Finally, review the method of casuistry and creative middle ways. 2. Special lecture on the use of the idea of “capabilities” in risk and disaster analysis. Traditional risk and disaster analysis considers only a limited number of factors that are relatively easy to measure: deaths, injuries, buildings destroyed, etc. Professors Gardoni and Murphy consider this to be an inadequate analysis. Know the basic ideas of their approach, including such terms as “capabilities,” “functionings,” and “hazard index.” (pp. 139-141) 3. Professionalism and Registration. (Covered in Friday session, October 23) Look at the NSPE code and the code of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Look at the definition of sustainable development in the NSPE code. This is the classic definition. There are two lines of authority in the engineering profession. One line is the voluntary societies, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, etc. These groups only have the power to expel members for unethical conduct, and membership is not necessary to practice engineering. The other line is the state boards of registration, all of whom are members of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES formulates the exams for the P.E. license, has a model code, and compiles statistics on the number and types of sanctions given by state boards. What are arguments for and against getting the P.E? . 4.
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