Monday, January 11, 2016

"When Philosophy Lost Its Way" and how it matters to design research

In a great article titled "When Philosophy Lost Its Way" Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle, the argument is made that philosophy as a human activity lost its way when it tried to become accepted by academia and to become a discipline. The authors makes, in my view, a wonderfully clear and strong argument that philosophy has lost its way. For philosophy, one reason was when "knowledge and goodness were divorced".

To me it is possible to read almost this whole article as if it is about design research instead of philosophy. I am afraid that we are today in a similar situation where design is about to lose its way and for the same reasons as philosophy did, namely to be accepted into academia and the scientific way.  Read and think...

4 comments:

Harold Nelson said...

This is a very good article. The point that the theme of what happened with academic philosophy is echoed by what is going on with academic design is well taken. I have not become aware of any thoughtful responses from academic designers or practitioners yet. I hope that it triggers some good conversations in the future.

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