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The philosophy of design

Author: Glenn Parsons
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Philosophy of Design is an introduction to the fundamental philosophical issues raised by the contemporary practice of design. The first book to systematically examine design from the perspective of contemporary philosophy, it offers a broad perspective, ranging across key philosophical areas such as aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The first part of the book explores central issues about the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn Parsons
ISBN: 9780745663883 0745663885 9780745663890 0745663893
OCLC Number: 907931394
Notes: Originally published in 2005 by MBI Publishing Company LLC.
Description: viii, 192 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Brief contents: Introduction --
1 What is Design? --
2 The Design Process --
3 Modernism --
4 Expression --
5 The Concept of Function --
6 Function, Form and Aesthetics --
7 Ethics --
Epilogue: The Meaning of Modernism. Full contents: Introduction --
1 What is Design? : 1.1 Defining Design ; 1.2 Ontological Issues ; 1.3 Activity, Profession and Practice ; 1.4 The Rise of the Designer --
2 The Design Process : 2.1 The Challenges of Design ; 2.2 A Crisis of Confidence ; 2.3 The Epistemological Problem ; 2.4 Are Design Problems Ill-Defined? ; 2.5 Some Responses ; 2.6 Prestructures and Principles --
3 Modernism : 3.1 The Origins of Modernism ; 3.2 Reinterpretations and Linkages ; 3.3 The Failure of Modernism --
4 Expression : 4.1 The Meanings of Design ; 4.2 Expression and Eros ; 4.3 The Better Realization Argument ; 4.4 Illusion and Reality ; 4.5 An Objection --
5 The Concept of Function : 5.1 The Indeterminacy of Function ; 5.2 Intentionalist Theories of Artefact Function ; 5.3 Evolutionary Theories of Artefact Function ; 5.4 Objections to the Evolutionary Theory ; 5.5 Novelty, Design and the Epistemolocial Problem --
6 Function, Form and Aesthetics : 6.1 Can Form Follow Function? ; 6.2 Squaring Function and Aesthetic Value ; 6.3 Dependent Beauty ; 6.4 Functional Beauty ; 6.5 Good Taste in Design ; 6.6 Bad Taste --
7 Ethics : 7.1 Applied Ethics and Design ; 7.2 Consumerism, Needs and Wants ; 7.3 Is Need an Empty Concept? ; 7.4 Does Design Alter the Moral Landscape? ; 7.5 The Designer Stands Alone? --
Epilogue: The Meaning of Modernism.
Responsibility: Glenn Parsons.

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