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Autonomy Revisited: Ethics of Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape

July 9-11, 2014, Delft (NL)

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Philosophical ethics has opened its purview beyond human action to animal ethics and environmental ethics, but has not yet found a way to expand its existing reflections to designed objects, particularly built ones. Perhaps in parallel to ethics, contemporary aesthetics discusses the moral repercussions of art works with clear representational content – socially critical novels, figurative paintings – but has not paid closer attention to architecture. Is the lack of attention in aesthetics due to architecture’s representational content being elusive, or because architecture’s aesthetic appraisal is taken to proceed autonomously from moral considerations? How would architecture be considered otherwise?
The 2014 conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture invites papers which probe these questions, or re-draw the assumptions behind them. It welcomes architects and philosophers willing to scrutinize extant (inter)disciplinary boundaries and consensus on these questions. The conference celebrates attempts to operate at the intersection of both disciplines, and promotes work ready to give philosophical ethics and concrete architecture)s serious consideration alike.
The conference is organised by the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture (ISPA). Keynotes include renowned aestheticist philosophers, Noel Carroll and Nick Zangwill.
Authors are invited to submit a 300-500 word abstract by January 31, 2014. Please visithttp://isparchitecture.com/events/call-for-papers/