Towards a Tangible Philosophy through Design

Exploring the question of being-in-the-world in the digital age


  • Jelle VAN DIJK University of Twente
  • Jonne VAN BELLE University of Twente
  • Wouter EGGINK University of Twente



Philosophy through Design, Tim Ingold, Embodiment, Practical Turn, Interaction Design


The combined philosophy and design approach called Philosophy-through-Design (PtD) is proposed using an exemplary project about being-in-the-world in the digital age. PtD is a practical way to do philosophy through designing interventions, and involves various people in the exploration of philosophical concepts. It stems from the overlapping questions found in philosophy and design regarding human-technology interaction. By intertwining both, they benefit from describing, understanding and proposing human-technology interactions to unfold new questions and perspectives. In the exemplary project, being-in-the-world refers to a way of being that is embodied, active, open-ended and situational, based on the phenomenological and embodied theories of Tim Ingold. This concept questions what it means to be human in the digital age and how our lives with technology are built. The first results show the process of weaving together observation, creation and reflection, which presents Philosophy-through-Design as a promising method for designers to practice a tangible philosophy.




How to Cite

VAN DIJK , J. ., VAN BELLE, J., & EGGINK , W. (2019). Towards a Tangible Philosophy through Design: Exploring the question of being-in-the-world in the digital age. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, 2(1), 383–395.