Analysis Of Eric Katz 's ' Nazi Engineers ' Essay

808 Words Jul 7th, 2016 4 Pages
We live in a world sculpted by the work of technological professionals. As the significance of the choices made by engineers increases, it has become more and more important to ensure that these choices are ethical. Through analysis of Eric Katz’s ‘Nazi Engineers’, it is clear that technology is value laden and societies’ ethics ultimately determine the direction its technology goes. Katz writes this essay to educate his students about Nazi ethics so they can avoid their misguided moral reasoning and learn about the ethics embedded in technology. To articulate the reasoning of the Nazis, Katz uses three main ethical ideologies used in Nazi society; Technological Neutrality, Doubling, and Integration and Ideology in engineering. Technological neutrality embodies the traditional view on technological ethics in which “the design and creation of a technological artifact must be separate from its use”[1, p. 54]. This allowed the technological professionals in the Nazi community to justify their actions by declaring that they were only responsible for the technological aspect of their creations and not the applications. Doubling does not require the same justification, meaning a “Division of self into two functioning wholes,” each with their “own criteria for good.”[1, p.52] This allowed the professionals to disregard their need for justification as their doubled selves found their work morally correct. This ideology supports the idea that technology is value laden. The final…

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