Ontologically shaping a designed future: design education as revelation
Author: Merwe, Johann Van Der
Source: J. of Design Research, Volume 7, Number 3, 28 March 2009 , pp. 317-330(14)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Using ontological pragmatics, and by learning that what they conserve in the present (making choices) leads to the new innovative future, students can teach themselves how to deal with the uncertainty of our modern world. An argument for Maturana's method of changing semantic questions into structural ones is discussed, as well as Latour's notion of reassembling the social. An ethics of negotiation is argued next, and thus we need to rethink our own selves, including issues of sustainable ethics, very much along the lines suggested by Whitbeck, who believes that, for engineering, a design process analogy can help moral decision-making to escape the rational foundationalist approach.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-03-28