Literature suggests that in engineering sciences the possibilities to generalize knowledge are more limited than in natural sciences. This is related to the action-oriented nature of engineering sciences and to the role of values. I will discuss the contributions of abstraction and idealization to generalization and then describe four case studies in engineering sciences to illustrate that different types of generalization can be distinguished. I will then analyze the nature of these types of generalization.
|Title of host publication||Philosophy and engineering : an emerging agenda|
|Editors||I. Poel, van de, D.E. Goldberg|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||361|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Philosophy of engineering and technology|