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Ethical Design Intelligence

The Virtuous Designer, 1st Edition

By Philippe d'Anjou


200 pages

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Hardback: 9780367136802
pub: 2020-03-24
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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, interiors, and industrial design an alternative ethical framework to expand their thinking about their practice.

Arguing that design today is primarily an agency driven by the momentum of globalisation, 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 our 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. 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



About the Author

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 (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Onfray (L’Herne, 2019), and has been translated in Chinese. Philippe d’Anjou is the author of Design Ethics beyond Duty and Virtue (2017).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation