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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.
|Title of host publication
|Systemic design: theory, methods, and practice
|Peter Jones, Kyoichi Kijima
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2018
|Translational Systems Sciences
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- School of Arch, Tech and Eng - Principal Lecturer
- Radical Methodologies (RaM) Research and Enterprise Group