Combinatory and Complementary Practices of Values and Virtues in Design: A Reply to Reijers and Gordijn


The purpose of this paper is to review and critique Wessel Reijers and Bert Gordijn’s paper moving from value sensitive design to virtuous practice design. In doing so, it draws on recent literature on developing value sensitive design (VSD) to show how the authors’ virtuous practice design (VPD), at minimum, is not mutually exclusive to VSD. This paper argues that virtuous practice is not exclusive to the basic methodological underpinnings of VSD. This can therefore strengthen, rather than exclude the VSD approach. Likewise, this paper presents not only a critique of what was offered as a “potentially fruitful alternative to VSD” but further clarifies and contributes to the VSD scholarship in extending its potential methodological practices and scope. It is concluded that VPD does not appear to offer any original contribution that more recent instantiations of VSD have not already proposed and implemented.


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Biografia autore

Steven Umbrello, Università degli Studi di Torino, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Steven Umbrello è attualmente Managing Director presso l'Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Attualmente, la sua principale area di ricerca ruota attorno al Value Sensitive Design (VSD), al suo fondamento filosofico e alla sua potenziale applicazione a tecnologie emergenti come l'intelligenza artificiale e l'Industria 4.0.

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Umbrello, S. (2020). Combinatory and Complementary Practices of Values and Virtues in Design: A Reply to Reijers and Gordijn. Filosofia, (65), 107-121.