Values and Design

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It has long been recognized that technology is value-laden. In the last few decades, a number of approaches—such as value sensitive design (VSD)—have been developed to systematically and explicitly address values in design. This contribution discusses four general issues that any approach aiming at integrating values into design should address: (1) what values are, and how to identify the values that should be integrated into a particular design; (2) the conceptualization, operationalization and specification of values which is required to make values operational in the design process; (3) issues of conflicting values and possible ways to address them; (4) the possibility of value change and options to address it during design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Engineering
EditorsDiane P. Michelfelder, Neelke Doorn
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)9781315276502
ISBN (Print)9781138244955
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

This publication is part of the project ValueChange that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788321.

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


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