Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture

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This book seeks to describe and account for new opportunities for ethical reflection in architecture and adjacent design practices. Bringing together the reflections of an architectural theorist and a philosopher, it explores possibilities for ethical speculation across their disciplines and respective concerns, aiming for a rapprochement…rather than merger between them. Hence, the key term in our title ‘prospects’ is carefully chosen. It suggests there are multiple views on our subject - opportunities as well as competing interests to be taken on board. In pursuing our aims, the complexities involved in understanding this field of inquiry are discussed at the same time.

The book rethinks relations between theory and practice in the search for new areas of cross-disciplinary research and teaching. It encourages philosophers and architects, scholars and designers alike, to reconsider what they do as well as what they can do in the face of challenging times. It does so by exploring the notion that architecture and design can (and possibly should), in their own right, make for a distinctive form of ethical investigation. It is not sufficient for design practices to be merely one of a number of subjects (like medicine or law) that fall within the professional ethicist’s view. In other words, we do not see ethics as something tacked onto architecture and design, but rather, as a source of ideas that are integral to the circumstances of human habitation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford and New York
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Print)9780415589727
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Taylor, W., & Levine, M. (2011). Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture. Oxford and New York: Routledge.
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