Invited Talk from UK-Japan:
"Global Sustainability: Do I hear echoes of Malthus?"

Speaker:Prof. R.A.Smith, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College Lodon, UK

Keynote by Prof.Jun Fudano:
“Engineering Ethics 2.0: Toward Ethics Education to Promote the Well-being of Individual Engineers and the Society”

Speaker:Prof. Jun Fudano,Institute for Liberal Arts/Department of Human and Social Sciences, School of Environment and Society,Tokyo Institute of Technology

Date & Venue

Invited Talk from UK-Japan:
11:20-12:00 on Monday,8th August 2016
Keynote by Prof.Jun Fudano:
16:30-17:30 on Tuesday, 9th August 2016
Venue: Digital Multi-Purpose Hall, Tokyo Tech.


Invited Talk from UK-Japan Abstract:
Global Sustainability: Do I hear echoes of Malthus?

Keynote by Prof. Jun Fudano Abstract:
Engineering ethics has been taught in the mode of “preventive ethics” with the emphasis on the responsibilities and duties of engineers to avoid harming the safety and health of the public. However, it has been recognized recently that a new approach with the emphasis on the positive side of engineering practice, which is called “aspirational ethics,” should be an integral part of engineering ethics education. It is also reaffirmed that ethics is concerned with how individuals live well, which is what Aristotle named “eudaimonia (well-being).”

Along with the shift from the preventive mode to the aspirational mode in engineering ethics education, a new area of psychology called “positive psychology” has been developed. According to the definition “Positive Psychology” is “the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.” In short, it is the scientific study on well-being.

In this presentation, Prof. Fudano will describe the shift in engineering ethics education from the traditional “preventive-ethics” mode to the new mode, i.e. “Engineering Ethics 2.0,” and review the emergence and development of positive psychology and related fields of study on well-being. Referring to scientific findings on well-being, he will also explain why ethical engineers can not only contribute to the well-being of the public but also enhance their own well-being.