This paper aims to evaluate the contribution of Christiansen attempting to reintegrate ethics into the process of design.
It situates her attempt in the context of the history of the participatory design movement, and the way ethical concern has been jettisoned leaving only a pragmatic toolbox of techniques.
Christiansen is successful in finding ethical encounter residing of necessity at the heart of design. Design imposes a vision or narrative on the world and participatory design makes that narrative negotiable.
All design is of necessity ethical endeavor, and Christiansen helps us to understand why.
This response situates Christiansen's approach within the Heideggerian understanding of the “ready to hand” assumptions that lie in the ways we approach objects in our world. This language may help provide a structured way to talk about the encounter.
Huff, C. (2014), "Jointly grasping the possible in design", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 14-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-11-2013-0049Download as .RIS
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