Wicked problems in design and ethics


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Sweeting, Ben (2018) Wicked problems in design and ethics In: Systemic design: theory, methods, and practice. Translational Systems Sciences . Springer, Japan. ISBN 9784431556381

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While the relationship between ethics and design is usually thought of in terms of the application of the former to the latter, it is not as if ethics is a settled body of theory that can authoritatively guide design practice. Depending which theories or ideas we refer to we receive different guidance as to what to do. Indeed, design may have as much to contribute to ethical theory as vice versa. This essay builds connections between design and ethics, looking to the similarities of structure between wicked problems in design and those dilemmas that are of central concern in normative ethical theory. Understanding design and ethics in mutual terms, ethical questions in design need not be understood in terms of external limitations or trade offs between competing priorities. Moreover, the way designers cope with the ethical challenges presented by wicked problems may inform how we approach complex ethical challenges in other contexts, including some of those that arise within ethical discourse itself.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy > V520 Moral philosophy
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H000 Engineering > H600 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > H672 Cybernetics
K000 Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1007/978-4-431-55639-8
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 13:27
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 13:42
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18260

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