Scoping a Justificatory Narrative for Design Practice in Research: Some Epistemological Intersections in Dewey, Wittgenstein and Heidegger

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Design research involving practice (i.e., practice-based and practice-led research) can be seen to offer a unique approach to knowledge production grounded in imagination and transformation. Yet, in spite of this apparent uniqueness, the approach largely lacks a justificatory epistemological narrative—a way of describing and qualifying its underlying theory of knowledge. Taking the view that any attempt frame such a narrative requires deep philosophic engagement, this article aims to cohere the perspectives of three key philosophers –Dewey, Wittgenstein and Heidegger; drawing their voices together around the coupled themes of experience-being, language-meaning, and knowing-truth and representing the whole in design terms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDesign Issues
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Feb 2020



  • design research
  • design philosophy
  • Dewey
  • Wittgenstein
  • Heidegger

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