Moving from virtue sensitive design to virtuous practice design
Title: Moving from virtue sensitive design to virtuous practice design
Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to develop a critique of value sensitive design (VSD) and to propose an alternative approach that does not depart from a heuristic of value(s), but from virtue ethics, called virtuous practice design (VPD). Design/methodology/approach: this paper develops a philosophical argument, draws from a philosophical method (i.e. virtue ethics) and applies this method to a particular case study that draws from a narrative interview. Findings: in this paper, authors show how an approach that takes virtue instead of value as the central notion for aiming at a design that is sensitive to ethical concerns can be fruitful both in theory and in practice. Originality/value: this paper presents the first attempt to ground an approach aimed at ethical technology design on the tradition of virtue ethics. As such, it presents VPD as a potentially fruitful alternative to VSD.
Grant number: H2020/716350/EU
Type of Access: openAccess
Version: Author’s accepted manuscript