Editorial: Philosophical Tools in Design Research: from empirical turn to practical turn.

Wouter Eggink, Steven Dorrestijn

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    Collaboration between Design Research and Philosophy of Technology seems very promising. The reflective, philosophical perspective brings the societal implications of design to the fore and this is an interesting focus for reinforcing research approaches for design. Since the philosophy of technology in the current of the ‘empirical turn’ aims to study concrete technologies and contexts, contributions from philosophy to design have become all the more feasible. Design Research can use the frameworks of philosophers to theorize the findings from practice, to make sense of the past, and for ethical reflection on the impacts of design and the moral responsibilities of designers. Or, still more practical, philosophical insights in the relationships between humans and technology can contribute to design for usability and design for behaviour change. On the other hand, the practice of designing actual things provides a laboratory for putting philosophical frameworks to the test and to use in the real world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS)
    Subtitle of host publicationCatalyst
    EditorsChristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
    PublisherDesign Research Society
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-912294-16-9
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
    EventDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
    Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
    Conference number: 5


    ConferenceDesign Research Society 2018
    Abbreviated titleDRS 2018
    Internet address


    • Design Research
    • Philosophy of Technology
    • Human Technology Relations
    • Practical Turn
    • Empirical Turn
    • Product Impact Tool
    • Mediation theory


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