Philosophy of Technology x Design: The Practical Turn

Wouter Eggink, Steven Dorrestijn

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    In this paper we explore how the collaboration between Design Research and Philosophy of technology can be profitable for both disciplines. From three case studies where Philosophy of Technology theories and methods were applied in a design context we show how these projects profited from a more reflexive perspective. Then we analyse the three cases again to show how these design projects also lead to a better understanding from a Philosophy of Technology perspective. In putting the in principle rather abstract theories in design practice, the consequences become more clear and designing actual things thus provides a laboratory to test philosophical frameworks in real life. One can say that the Philosophy of Technology, besides thinking and talking, proceeds to action. Not only Philosophy of Technology with the head, but also Philosophy of Technology with the hands. Therefore, in analogy with the empirical turn in Philosophy of Technology before, we present this collaboration with design as the ‘Practical Turn in Philosophy of Technology’.
    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
    Place of PublicationLimerick
    PublisherDesign Research Society
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)2398-3132
    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
    • Practical Turn
    • Empirical Turn
    • Product Impact Tool
    • Mediation theory
    • Digital Camera
    • Design History

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