Editorial: Design Innovation and Philosophy of Technology: the Practical Turn

Wouter Eggink, Steven Dorrestijn

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    Collaboration between Design and Philosophy of technology can generate new insights in the complex interplay between humans and technology. These so-called human-technology relations are one of the key issues in design innovation and the shaping of our future. Design Innovation can use the frameworks of philosophers to theorize the findings from practice or to make sense of past developments, especially since Philosophy of Technology in the current of the so-called empirical turn is more focused on individual technologies and contexts. On the other hand, designing actual things provides a powerful laboratory to test philosophical frameworks in real life. You might say that through design innovation these conceptual frameworks can become ‘applicable’. So, in analogy with the empirical turn in philosophy of technology before, the present collaboration with design is termed a ‘practical turn’.
    Philosophy of Technology has a substantial track record in thinking about the impacts of technology and innovations on our daily lives and social behaviours. Combining this conceptual toolkit with design innovation, with its capability of actually changing things, promises a powerful approach to developing critical future-making practices. Our approach focuses on anticipating possibilities and consequences. As such, it is related to responsible innovation, social design and critical design, but also different in being more reflexive and explorative.
    We are seeking papers that either have applied philosophy of technology insights to real world problems and design innovations; or the other way around, papers that have used insights from philosophy of technology to reflect on innovations that were actually realised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch perspectives in the era of Transformations
    EditorsCees de Bont, Gerda Gemser, Erik Bohemia
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2019
    EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019: Research perspectives in the era of Transformations - Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


    ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019
    Abbreviated titleADIM 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Philosophy of Technology
    • Design Research
    • Design Innovation
    • Practical Turn


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