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Parity and the resolution of value conflicts in design


Kozlovski, Atay (2022). Parity and the resolution of value conflicts in design. Science and Engineering Ethics, 28(2):22.

Abstract

Recent developments in theories for responsible innovation have focused on the importance of actively accounting for values in our technological designs. Leading among these theories is that of Value Sensitive Design (VSD) which attempts to guide the design process on the basis of evaluative analysis. However, values often come into conflict and VSD has been criticized for not providing a proper method to resolve such inevitable conflicts. This paper examines three such methods and argues that although each has its merits, they all fail to account for a common source of value conflicts known as value incommensurability. Drawing on literature from the field of axiology, this paper argues that by incorporating the evaluative relation of ‘parity’ each of these three methods, and the VSD framework in general, will be able to properly understand the relation which holds between conflicting design options stemming from the incommensurable of values and be able to guide designers in making rational decision in the face of such conflicts.

Abstract

Recent developments in theories for responsible innovation have focused on the importance of actively accounting for values in our technological designs. Leading among these theories is that of Value Sensitive Design (VSD) which attempts to guide the design process on the basis of evaluative analysis. However, values often come into conflict and VSD has been criticized for not providing a proper method to resolve such inevitable conflicts. This paper examines three such methods and argues that although each has its merits, they all fail to account for a common source of value conflicts known as value incommensurability. Drawing on literature from the field of axiology, this paper argues that by incorporating the evaluative relation of ‘parity’ each of these three methods, and the VSD framework in general, will be able to properly understand the relation which holds between conflicting design options stemming from the incommensurable of values and be able to guide designers in making rational decision in the face of such conflicts.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Health Sciences > Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Uncontrolled Keywords:Management of Technology and Innovation, Health Policy, Issues, ethics and legal aspects, Health (social science)
Language:English
Date:1 April 2022
Deposited On:15 Feb 2023 11:34
Last Modified:30 Mar 2024 02:34
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1353-3452
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-022-00375-4
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  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)