Colloquium: Religious/ Political Values & the Engineering Ethos

In this paper, I examine the relationship between engineers political views (leanings as well as interest) and some of the issues discussed in the field of engineering ethics. I will also examine the relationship between religious commitment (belief and practice) and such issues. This reflection is based on the findings from a study that included 3901 French graduate engineers. Although the survey on ³Engineers, Science and Society² (ESS) is more relevant in its national context, it contributes to supporting three ideas that are worth considering outside of France: first, engineering ethics is neither independent of political persuasion nor of religious values; second, there is a need for a more sociologically informed approach to engineering ethics; and third, this may have some implications for the teaching of ethics to engineers.