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new philosophy...

and of course it is easy to get lost in this stuff

Roy Bhasker
and his Realist theory of science...
this is interesting because it is a humanist philosophy that sits between the modernist positivist project and post-modernities relativism...the way he puts forward the reality of the existence of structures which are independent of our own experience while at the same time not having to rely on experimental logic to fundamentally prove them.. he talks about the 'tendencies of systems' in this way his philosophy has a lot to offer a humanist design project.

Gunnar Olsson
and his new 'Critique of Cartographic Reason'... which connects to

John Carroll
The Wreck of Western Culture

this connection to the fundamental structures and valuing systems has implications from design education through to 'ethics of social space' questions...

but in a slightly less dramatic tone.