Ethics in Design Education, but different: Practicing the Practical Turn

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Abstract

Design education has looked for different approaches to teaching ethics and ethical behaviour. In this paper I want to add an approach that is coming from the collaboration between design research and philosophy of technology. Philosophy of Technology has produced a substantive amount of theories and reflections about the impacts of technology and innovations on our daily lives and social behaviours. To make the reflections from philosophy of technology more tangible for design engineering students we experimented over the years with different tools and practical approaches in order to integrate these perspectives directly in the design process. In analogy with the empirical turn before, we named this closer integration with design ‘the Practical Turn in Philosophy of Technology’. My argument now is that by using these insights, one can cultivate ethical reflection with design engineering students by directly informing their design process in what I call ‘practicing the practical turn’.
In this paper I will show this approach alongside the results of a one week workshop with a group of students from the University of Antwerp in the context of responsible design for public space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021)
Subtitle of host publicationContinuity and Adaptability in Design and Engineering Education
EditorsHilary Grierson, Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages6
Volume23
ISBN (Print)978-1-912254-14-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2021
Event23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021): Continuity and Adaptability in Design and Engineering Education - VIA University, Herning, Denmark
Duration: 9 Sep 202110 Sep 2021
Conference number: 23
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Publication series

NameE&PDE

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021)
Abbreviated titleEPDE 2021
CountryDenmark
CityHerning
Period9/09/2110/09/21
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Keywords

  • ethical reflection
  • Responsible design
  • philosophy of technology
  • Product Impact Tool
  • Practical Turn
  • Utopian design
  • Utopian Technology
  • Open Script Design

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