A Cautious Prometheus ? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Conference Papers Year : 2009

A Cautious Prometheus ? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design

(1)
1
Bruno Latour
  • Function : Author
  • PersonId : 980230
  • IdRef : 02825354X

Abstract

The very spread of the word "design" from daily objects to cities and ecosystems, is taken here as a symptom of an interesting switch in the theory of action that has been typical of modernism. The paper review five connotations of the verb "to design" and analyze them as an alternative to the notion of "construction" and "fabrication". It then presents the work of Peter Sloterdijk has a crucial contribution to the philosophy of design. It shows especially how Sloterdijk' notion of explicitation allows to reconsider materiality (a materiality to which design has always been sensitive) but freed from naturalization as well as from the balancing act between form and function. Finally, it offers a challenge to the design theorists for inventing the tools that could allow this philosophy of design to "draw together" matters of concern.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
112-design-cornwall.pdf (134.35 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

hal-00972919 , version 1 (03-04-2014)

Identifiers

Cite

Bruno Latour. A Cautious Prometheus ? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design: (With Special Attention to Peter Sloterdijk). "Networks of Design", Annual International Conference of the Design History Society, Sep 2008, University College Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. pp.2-10. ⟨hal-00972919⟩
1349 View
2177 Download

Share

Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More