In pursuit of the objects of designing.

Per Galle

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    An improved understanding of the nature of designing might, I contend, be valuable in itself, and in the contexts of design research and research into computerized design support. As an initial step towards such an understanding, I first consider the question of what exactly designers are talking about when they talk of ‘an artefact’ they are designing as if it existed. At the time of designing, it obviously does not, so there must be something else, ‘the objects of designing’, which design discourse is about. Having rejected so-called modal realism (the thesis that possible worlds are ‘real’) as too extravagant, I then consider the question of what kind of entity such objects of designing might be, and finally propose an answer in terms of which the nature of designing might be explained in what seems a philosophically plausible way. The paper reports on work in progress, and so cannot be expected to offer fully justified conclusions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch-in-Progress.
    Place of PublicationWindsor
    PublisherInternational Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    Event9th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics - Baden-Baden, Germany
    Duration: 18 Aug 199723 Aug 1997
    Conference number: 9


    Conference9th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics

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