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Spirituality and Design: creating a meaningful material culture through progressive design praxis

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Forthcoming
Publication date31/03/2019
Host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality and Society
EditorsLaszlo Zsolnai , Bernadette Flanagan
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

considers design as a discipline that seeks to synthesize practical needs with human values in order to improve the existing condition. It argues that a form of design that is capable of contributing to improvement and a better world – as typically claimed by designers – requires careful consideration of the ideas and values that inform our judgement of these qualifications. Such considerations cannot be adequately addressed via scientific modes of inquiry but need to be grounded in a culture’s philosophical and spiritual traditions. Contemporary forms of consumer capitalism tend to encourage the opposite.
The discussion begins by considering values in the context of modern society. The case is made for contesting many values-based assumptions and seeking a more restorative approach. For design, this means an approach that is capable of bringing together multiple considerations through a simultaneous act of interpretation and imaginative application. The term given here to this virtue-driven process is progressive design praxis.