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Engineering rigor and its discontents: Philosophical reflection as curative to math-physics envy.

Goldberg, David E. (2009) Engineering rigor and its discontents: Philosophical reflection as curative to math-physics envy. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This extended abstract critically exams the use of the terms "rigorous" and "soft" in the context of engineering modeling. Common usage of the terms is contrasted with Toulmin's notion of "reasonableness" and Schoen's notion of "reflective practice." The abstract continues by considering an economic model of models in engineering, suggesting that overly "rigorous" engineering practice may box itself into being unable to afford the models it values, thereby presenting a conundrum for the practice and teaching engineering that demands relaxation.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Abstract submitted to SPT 2009
    Keywords: philosophy-of-engineering Toulmin Schoen rigor reasonableness reflective-practice
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Depositing User: David E. Goldberg
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4489
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4489

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