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Ethical Design Intelligence
The Virtuous Designer

ISBN 9780367136802
Published March 4, 2020 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Ethical Design Intelligence: The Virtuous Designer explores the deep significance of philosophy and ethics to the practice of design. It offers designers from disciplines such as architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, interior, and industrial design an alternative ethical framework in which to expand their thinking about their practice.

Arguing that design today is primarily an agency driven by the momentum of globalization, embedded in economy, materialism, and utility, the book reconceptualizes the notion of virtue in design practice. Across chapters covering topics such as virtuous character, creative agency, and unsustainable practices, the book scrutinizes design through a philosophical lens.

d’Anjou dissects articulations from different philosophical thinkers from antiquity to contemporary time to reveal that ethics is fundamental to everything affected by design. Countering well-established modes of postmodern relativism in design, which has led to “defuturing” and “unsustainability,” ethical realism is presented as an alternative solution. This book is written for designers, educators, researchers, and students.

Table of Contents



1. Virtue Design

2. On Freedom in Design

3. The Art of Design

4. Virtue Design Beyond Designers

5. Intangible Ethicality

6.  Design and Unsustainability




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Philippe d’Anjou is Professor of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University, USA. He teaches design, theory, philosophy, and ethics. Professor d’Anjou’s research explores design and design ethics from an existential perspective. His work appears in scholarly journals and edited collections, including The Design Philosophy Reader (2018) and L’Herne Onfray (2019), and has been translated in Chinese. d’Anjou is the author of Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue (2017).