Wicked problems in a technological world

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In this article, the morality in the “wickedness” of design problems as wicked problems is explored. I will use for that purpose the characteristics of wicked problems as identified by Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber. These characteristics suggest interdisciplinary thinking for solving such problems. An awareness of the wicked nature of design problems can stimulate proper use of the concept of utopias for solving these problems. I will use the philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd to provide a framework for understanding the nature of design problems as wicked problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
JournalPhilosophia Reformata
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Design problems
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Utopian thinking
  • Wicked problems


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