“Le design à l’épreuve du concept de pratique [Design to the Test of the Concept of Practice]”
This study analyses the nature of design professional activity in regard of Christopher Higgins conceptualisation of what counts as a practice. Inspired by the work of American moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, Higgins identified a list of 14 criterias in order to determine if an activity can be considered as a practice or not. Practice, as suggested by MacIntyre in his book After Virtue (2006), are socially established human activities that respond to recognized norms of excellence. Under the tutelage of that model, our study ought to show that design, in the current state of things, cannot genuinely claims itself to be a practice.
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Proulx, S. (2015). Le design à l’épreuve du concept de pratique [Design to the Test of the Concept of Practice], Sciences du design, (2), 16-26.