The object of nightingales

Design values for a meaningful material culture

Authored by: Stuart Walker

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138910171
eBook ISBN: 9781315693309
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This chapter considers design values that are congruent with age-old understandings of human meaning as well as with contemporary notions of sustainability. A critique of naturalistic materialism and its relationship to un-sustainable interpretations of progress and growth is followed by a consideration of practical, social and personal meaning and their relationship to human values. A basis for meaningful values emerges for ethical judgment and product design decision-making. The result is an understanding of design and production that aligns more closely with sustainable principles and with deeper understandings of human flourishing.

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