Professor of Philosophy & Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Professor of the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering
News & Publications
"Peterson provides a much needed clarification of what gradualism is,
and makes a powerful case both that it is a decisive advance over
alternatives, and that ethicists working within a broadly consequentialist
framework are driven to it. He makes the case, moreover, that the
ability of consequentialist theories – in particular, his preferred version –
to accommodate gradualism amounts to a real advantage of such theories
over alternatives that eschew it. An important contribution to core debates
in normative ethics and beyond.” Paul Hurley, Claremont McKenna College"
"An essential all-in-one introduction, Ethics for Engineers provides in-depth coverage of major ethical theories, professional codes of ethics, and case studies in a single volume. Incorporating numerous practical examples and about 100 review questions, it helps students better understand and address ethical issues that they may face in their future careers. Topics covered include whistle-blowing, the problem of many hands, gifts, bribes, conflicts of interest, engineering and environmental ethics, privacy and computer ethics...."
"Autonomous cars, drones, and electronic surveillance systems are examples of technologies that raise serious ethical issues. In this analytic investigation, Martin Peterson articulates and defends five moral principles for addressing ethical issues related to new and existing technologies: the cost-benefit principle, the precautionary principle, the sustainability principle, the autonomy principle, and the fairness principle...."
"Now revised and updated, this introduction to decision theory is both accessible and comprehensive, covering topics including decision making under ignorance and risk, the foundations of utility theory, the debate over subjective and objective probability, Bayesianism, causal decision theory, game theory, and social choice theory....."
I am the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Jr. Chair of the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University.
I work on topics in normative ethics, applied ethics (especially engineering ethics) and decision theory.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M, I was a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to that I worked for three years at Cambridge University. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.