Science and Engineering Ethics 3 (2):153-170 (1997)

Abstract
Whereas previous studies have criticized low-quality products for inadequate safety, this paper considers only safe products, and it examines the ethics of designing and selling low-quality products. Product quality is defined as suitability to a general purpose. The duty that companies owe to consumers is summarized in the Consumer-Oriented Process principle: “to place an increase in the consumer’s quality of life as the primary goal for producing products.” This principle is applied in analyzing the primary ethical justifications for low-quality products: availability and applicability. Finally, a low-quality product should be designed afresh, not by altering an existing high-quality product
Keywords quality  products  corporate responsibility  design engineering
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11948-997-0007-5
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,464
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases.Manuel G. Velasquez - 1988 - Journal of Business Ethics 7 (8):592-604.
Ethics and Economic Progress: Compte Rendu Par Thierry Sebagh.James McGill Buchanan - 1994 - Journal de Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 5 (1):196-204.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Defining Web Ethics.Marsha Woodbury - 1998 - Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (2):203-212.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Can Designing and Selling Low-Quality Products Be Ethical?Willem Bakker & Michael C. Loui - 1997 - Science and Engineering Ethics 3 (2):153-170.
The Engineer’s Responsibility for Quality.Michael C. Loui - 1998 - Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (3):347-350.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-12-01

Total views
20 ( #560,772 of 2,520,783 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #405,623 of 2,520,783 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes