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Exploring Philosophical Devices for Thinking About Ethics in Socially Engaged Design: Reflections on a Workshop

Buwert, Peter; Bianchin, Matteo; Heylighen, Ann


Matteo Bianchin

Ann Heylighen


Socially engaged design seeks to tackle tangible problems of our society. Yet, all too often attempts to use design in this way bring new problems into being. In this sense, designers are pervasively asked to confront and reason about ethical questions by the very nature of design processes: in articulating what becomes, they find themselves inescapably involved in processes of ethical sensitivity and moral reasoning. This workshop explores methods for grappling with the complexities of design ethics by recruiting four philosophical thinking devices, which participants consider in the context of their own design work. In this way, the workshop seeks to advance one route to encouraging and nurturing ethical thinking embedded within design processes, and to raise awareness about ethical choices implied by certain ways of designing.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Socially Engaged Design Conference
Start Date Oct 4, 2019
End Date Oct 6, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 14, 2020
Publication Date Dec 14, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2022
Book Title Socially Engaged Design Conference 2019
Keywords Design ethics; responsibility; philosophy; thought experiment
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