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Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue

Author(s): Philippe d'Anjou

Book Description

Freedom is compelling in design; it has to be acknowledged, accepted, and comprehended in all its existential complexity to better understand and engage the intricate ethical domain of design practice. The book addresses that issue by thoroughly examining design ethics, and design in general, within an existentialist philosophical framework. Its inquiry reveals a puzzling and unsettling reality of design ethics, and hence what constitutes an ethical design practice where there is no exit for designers but complete acceptance of their freedom and responsibility. This book makes a unique, original, and invaluable contribution to the design literature and design ethics scholarship.

Scholars, professors, students, and professionals in all design disciplines, as well as any person involved in arts, humanities, philosophy, social sciences, and engineering, will find philosophical insights that will challenge design thinking and inspire them to rethink design ethics as an agency of human existence making instead of code compliance.

Making a case for existentialist design ethics, this book lays the ground for a radical transformation of how we conceive design, ethics in design practice, and the role of designers in the world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9123-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9123-1
Date of Publication: 01/07/2017
Pages / Size: 155 / A5
Price: £58.99


Philippe d’Anjou is a Professor at Florida Atlantic University, USA, where he teaches design, theory, and ethics in the field of architecture. He has previously taught in other well-established universities in the USA, Latin America and Asia. Professor d’Anjou carried out his higher education in Canada, where he pursued doctoral studies in design after obtaining both graduate and professional degrees in architecture; he also studied cinema, fine arts, and natural sciences. His research, philosophical in nature, explores design and design ethics from an existential perspective. It has been published in prominent academic journals and volumes such as The Design Philosophy Reader, translated into Chinese, and presented at conferences and universities worldwide. He is also an associate of The Studio at the Edge of the World, an innovative interdisciplinary and international design research and think-tank partnership, created and directed by the world renowned design theorist and scholar Tony Fry.