P.E. Vermaas, P.A. Kroes, A. Light, S. Moore
Springer | 9048127335 | 2009 | PDF | 362 pages | 1.3 Mb



This volume provides the reader with an integrated overview of state-of-the-art research in philosophy and ethics of design in engineering and architecture. It contains twenty-five essays that focus on engineering designing in its traditional sense, on designing in novel engineering domains, including ICT, genetics, and nanotechnology, designing of socio-technical systems, and on architectural and environmental designing.

These essays are preceded by an introductory text structuring the field of philosophy and ethics of design in engineering and architecture as one in which a series of similar philosophical, societal, and ethical questions are asked. This volume enables the reader to overcome the traditional separation between engineering designing and architectural designing. The emerging discipline of designing socio-technical systems is shown to form an intermediate between engineering and architecture to which the philosophical and ethical analyses of both domains apply.

This volume thus announces a challenging cross-fertilization between the philosophy and ethics of engineering and of architecture that will lay down the integrated ground works for the renewed interests in the importance of design in modern society.

Written for:

Faculty, PhD and Master’s students in philosophy and ethics of technology, philosophy and ethics of architecture, management of technology, management of architecture
Designing of socio-technical sytems
Philosophy and ethics of architecture
Philosophy and ethics of engineering designing


0.1: Table of Contents.
Introduction. 0.2: Peter Kroes, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore and Pieter E. Vermaas: Design in Engineering and Architecture: Towards an Integrated Philosophical Understanding.

Part I: Engineering Design.

1.1: Maarten Franssen: Design, Use, and the Physical and Intentional Aspects of Technical Artifacts.
1.2: Wybo Houkes: Designing is the Construction of Use Plans.
1.3: Don Ihde: The Designer Fallacy and Technological Imagination.
1.4: Philip Brey: Technological Design as an Evolutionary Process.
1.5: Anke van Gorp and Ibo van de Poel:Deciding on Ethical Issues in Engineering Design.
1.6: Peter-Paul Verbeek: Morality in Design: Design Ethics and the Morality of Technological Artifacts.
1.7: Patrick Feng and Andrew Feenberg:Thinking about Design: Critical Theory of Technology and the Design Process.
1.8: Kiyotaka Naoe: Design Culture and Acceptable Risk.
1.9: Paul B. Thompson: Alienability, Rivalry, and Exclusion Cost: Three Institutional Factors for Design.

Part II: Emerging Engineering Design.

2.1: John P. Sullins: Friends by Design: A Design Philosophy for Personal Robotics Technology.
2.2: Bernhard Rieder and Mirko Tobias Schäfer: Beyond Engineering: Software Design as Bridge over the Culture/Technology Dichotomy.
2.3: Alfred Nordmann: Technology Naturalized: A Challenge to Design for the Human Scale.
2.4: Daniela Cerqui and Kevin Warwick: Re-designing Humankind: The Rise of Cyborgs, a Desirable Goal?
2.5: Inmaculada de Melo-Martín:Designing People: A Post-Human Future?
2.6: C.T.A. Schmidt: Redesigning Man?
2.7: Kristo Miettinen: Design: Structure, Process, and Function: A Systems Methodology Perspective.
2.8: Ulrich Krohs: Co-designing Social Systems by Designing Technical Artifacts: A Conceptual Approach.
2.9: Kathryn A. Neeley and Heinz C. Luegenbiehl: Beyond Inevitability: Emphasizing the Role of Intention and Ethical Responsibility in Engineering Design.
2.10: S.D. Noam Cook: Design and Responsibility: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual, and Human Systems.

Part III: Architectural Design.

3.1: Howard Davis: Form and Process in the Transformation of the Architect’s Role in Society.
3.2: Steven A. Moore and Rebecca Webber: Expert Culture, Representation, and Public Choice: Architectural Renderings as the Editing of Reality.
3.3: Ted Cavanagh: Diverse Designing: Sorting Out Function and Intention in Artifacts. 3.4: Joseph C. Pitt: Design Criteria in Architecture.
3.5: J. Craig Hanks: Cities, Aesthetics, and Human Community: Some Thoughts on the Limits of Design.
3.6: Glenn Parsons: Nature, Aesthetic Values, and Urban Design: Building the Natural City.

4.1: Index.


Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture is a significant contribution to the expanding field of design studies. It brings questions of design into philosophy and thereby brings diverse philosophical perspectives to bear on conceptual, methodological, epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues of design. It is also the first collection of philosophical papers to bridge the divide between critical reflections on design in engineering and in architecture. After the publication of this well edited collection, it will be difficult for philosophy to ignore design as a theme as worthy of attention as such phenomena as scientific theory, aesthetic creativity, or political law. Indeed, as a phenomenon design may well span theory, creativity, and law in ways that can contribute to a deeper understanding of each and to their mutual relations. In addition, this collection is to be commended for the interdisciplinary character of many of its contributions and the multinational perspectives provided by its diverse contributors from Europe, North America, and Japan.

- Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the European Graduate School and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His “Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy” (1994) is a widely respected contribution; more recently he served as editor-in-chief of the 4-volume “Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics” (2005).

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