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Bloomsbury Visual Arts
09 March 2017
Theory of art; Industrial: Commercial Art & Design
What is design philosophy and why is it needed? This important book explains the discipline's recent emergence, the key questions which dominate it, and its potential to fundamentally change the way we practice and think about design.

The reader comprises eight thematic sections, each featuring a short, contextualising introduction and an annotated bibliography. It considers social, graphic, product and industrial design, and presents the writings of such leading design thinkers and philosophers as Deleuze and Heidegger, Aristotle and Plato. With texts ranging from philosophically informed writing on design and culture, to ancient and contemporary philosophy which addresses the concept of design, The Design Philosophy Reader is an impressive and pioneering work.
Edited by:   Anne-Marie Willis (German University in Cairo Egypt)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 189mm, 
Weight:   642g
ISBN:   9780857853509
ISBN 10:   0857853503
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   09 March 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Introduction, Anne Marie Willis PART 1: THE ESSENCE OF DESIGN Introduction 1. The Fault of Epimetheus, Bernard Stiegler 2. In the Beginning, Tony Fry 3. A Cautious Prometheus? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design, Bruno Latour 4. The Depth of Design, Albert Borgmann 5. Design as an Ontological Question, Tony Fry Guide to Further Reading PART 2: THE PRACTICE OF DESIGN Introduction 6. Science, Art and Practical Wisdom, Aristotle 7. The Complication of Praxis, William McNeill 8. The Existential Self as Locus of Sustainability in Design, Philippe d'Anjou 9. Science of the Concrete, Claude Levi-Strauss 10. The Textility of MakingTim Ingold Guide to Further Reading PART 3: THE ETHOS OF DESIGN Introduction 11. Artefacts: the Making Sentient of the External World, Elaine Scarry 12. Ethics by Design or the Ethos of Things, Cameron Tonkinwise 13. Grievability, Judith Butler 14. The One for the Other Adrian Peperrzak 15. Ethics in the Making, Bodil Joensson et al Guide to Further Reading PART 4: DESIGN AND THE OTHER Introduction 16. On Coloniality of Knowledge, Madina V. Tlostanova 17. The Enframing Gaze, Timothy Mitchell 18. The Violence of Humanitarian Design, Mahmoud Keshavarz 19. The Force of Form, the Effect of Genre, Francois Jullien 20. Why Not an Alphabet? Lothar Ledderose Guide to Further Reading Guide to Further Reading PART 5: BEING DESIGNED AND THINGS Introduction 21. The Thing, Martin Heidegger 22. Materialism is Not the Solution: On Matter, Form, and Mimesis Graham Harman 23. Is Design Finished? Dematerialisation and Changing Things, Cameron Tonkinwise 24. Beyond Affordance Michael May 25. Understanding, Ontology, Thrownness and Readiness-to-hand, Terry Winograd and Fernando Flores 26. Smart meters don't make us any smarter Elizabeth Shove and Sarah Royston 27. Matter and Mattering or Why are Things Us ? Clive Dilnot Guide to Further Reading PART 6: THE DESIGNING OF TECHNOLOGY Introduction 28. Technology: Instrumental Metaphor and Cybernetic System, Adrian Snodgrass 29. The Question Concerning Technology, Martin Heidegger 30. Technical Mentality, Simondon 31. The Finite Framework of Language, Michael Heim 32. 'This System Does Not Produce Pleasure Anymore' Bernard Stiegler Guide to Further Reading PART 7: THE DESIGNING OF VISUALITY Introduction 33. Form and Imitation Plato 34. The Plato Effect in Architecture Chistopher N. Henri 35. Age of the World Picture, Martin Heidegger 36. An Art Which Imitates Art Pierre Bourdieu 37. Sign Function and Class Logic Jean Baudrillard 38. Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space Guide to Further Reading PART 8: DESIGNING AFTER THE END Introduction 39. What is the Anthropolitical? Claire Colbrook 40. The Intrusion of GAIA Isobel Stengers 41. Cosmoecological Sheep Vinciane Despret and Michel Meuret 42. Outing Artificial Intelligence: Reckoning with Turing Tests Benjamin H. Bratton 43. The Posthuman Rosi Braidotti 44. The Sustainment Tony Fry 45. Spinoza and Us Gilles Deleuze Guide to Further Reading Bibliography Index

Anne-Marie Willis is Visiting Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, Australia and editor of Design Philosophy Papers at The Studio at the Edge of the World.

Reviews for The Design Philosophy Reader

More clearly perhaps than any other human science or profession, and in the face of complexly intertwined social, ecological, and cultural crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and action about life itself. The present is thus an auspicious moment for systematizing a philosophy of, from, and for, design as a strategy for rendering design into a more thoughtful and effectively reconstructive practice. By drawing on both philosophy and the most current strands of critical social theory, The Design Philosophy Reader provides us with the pillars for such a project. I cannot think of anybody more qualified to undertake this task than Anne-Marie Willies, a true pioneer of the design/philosophy interface. In contrast to the much more limited and highly popularized paradigm of design thinking, the Reader demonstrates why the redesigning of design, as the redesigning of the conditions of our collective existence, is the most important intellectual and political project designers and informed citizens can undertake in the current planetary conjuncture. * Arturo Escobar, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA * This is a thoroughly comprehensive text which highlights the connections between philosophy and design. Useful guides to further reading are presented throughout. There is an acceptable balance between older and newer texts, organised into eight distinct parts, together covering an impressively wide range of thinking. Numerous contributors highlight the pervasiveness of design, the current state of thinking and practice of design. This text will be of value to both design theoreticians and practitioners, and should prove to be an essential addition to all design libraries or collections. * Michael Hann, Chair of Design Theory at the University of Leeds, UK * The Design Philosophy Reader reminds us that inquiry into the histories and systems that structure 'design' - language, visuality, colonialism, capitalism - must ground our understandings of, and engagements with, it. * Shana Agid, Assistant Professor of Art, Media and Communication at Parsons, The New School, USA * Through Willis' astute selection and structuring of key texts, The Design Philosophy Reader offers theoretical apparatus to develop critical thinking within the study and practice of design. It fundamentally opens design to be interrogated and theorized beyond the parameters of professional design and norms within academic design theory today. It will be of interest to anyone interested in questioning design as a condition of existence, and those who seek to problematize the discipline. * Matt Malpass, Programme Coordinator for Ceramic and Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK * Editor Anne-Marie Willis's own practice of 'designing' the Reader is demonstrated in the introduction to this section, where in just two pages the she gives a richly considered, potted-history of philosophy, showing how notions and practices of design and philosophy are mutually implicated... The Reader contains older, essential design-related texts from philosophers such as Claude Levi-Strauss, Jean Baudrillard, Henri Lefebvre, Martin Heidegger, Gilbert Simondon, and more recent significant thinkers such as Bruno Latour, Bernard Stiegler, Rosa Braidotti, Isabelle Stengers and Judith Butler... The book contains essays that should be required reading for both research and professional work... Willis's curation of the Reader is compelling, not least because she has a critical vision; this is not a sample of work, or just a collection of the great and good. * John O'Reilly, Eye Magazine * This book establishes in a very clear way the grounds for research on the philosophy of design. It raises meaningful contradictions that allow postgraduate students to reflect more deeply on their roles as researchers in design. The sections covering designing of visuality and narrative are absolutely brilliant! * Dr. Catarina Lelis, Senior Lecturer in Branding and Innovation, University of West London, UK *

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