Susceptible Human Being : Hiding Behind The Psychological Concept
Hiding Behind the Psychological Concept
Engineers should never ignore the political and social aspects from their professional task. If they remain ignorant toward their own work, the technological tragedy similar to Auschwitz would be repeated in no time. Auschwitz is an example of a major flaw in technological evaluation, as the engineer inside the project would proceeds any kind of order even though it is considered as an immoral action. One to mention is the human oven, which was in charge of burning the dead bodies that had been killed. Erik Katz, a professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology proposes the study that evaluates the action of the Nazi’s Engineer during the Auschwitz regime. His main purpose is to educate future engineers to be careful about ethics, humanity, and morality. Katz argues that the Nazi’s Engineer was lacking the basic of engineering ethics. The Nazi’s Engineer would just follow direction without examining its ethical value. The main argument of Katz essay is that engineer should evaluate the normative purpose of the technical projects, in order to minimalize the risk of having ethical misconduct. Thus, what is the reason of the Nazi’s engineer to do such actions? Is it possible that the Engineer actually knows what happened but decided to ignore and hide behind the authority?
Psychological concept is one of the main terms to describe the action of those engineers. Katz argues with several terms, such as “doubling”…