How to Think about the Ethics of Architecture

In Warwick Fox (ed.), Ethics and the Built Environment. London, UK: pp. 170-182 (2000)
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Philosophical ethicists have not yet fully explored, or even mapped out, the problems posed by architectural practice. While some have attempted such explorations, their accounts suffer assorted philosophical deficits, and generally miss the aim of reasoned moral analysis. I believe that the most fruitful attempts to think about such issues in philosophical terms—in lieu of an analytical architectural ethics—are found in the body of architectural law. There we may glimpse some promising philosophical considerations pertaining to such matters as intellectual property, the judgement of others’ actions, and responsibilities to others.



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