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During this week, we will move from Plato's introduction of Classical rationalism to Kant's attempt to merge the two scientific lines of rationalism and empiricism. The most critical question explored during this period in regards to meaning had to do with certainty. How can a meaning be assured and how can it be universal to all people, everywhere. This was the purpose behind Kant's Critiques as well as many, many other writings of philosophical and cultural theory.

As you move through the readings and lectures, I would like you to consider this question of universal versus relative knowledge and how it fits into design. Meaning addresses the source for design processes and makes the work we do defensible. This topic addresses expression, taste, interpretation and coherence.

Meaning: The Modern period is defined as moving away from mysticism and using doubt as a tool for acquiring knowledge; defining architecture and it's rules for judgment; body metaphors, introduction of relative priorities; mechanics as the source of meaning; challenging tradition as a source of meaning; taste and the crisis of meaning; application of Cartesian categories to address truth in the arts; move to the imaginative rather than imitative (Classical to Romantic); Kant, meaning and genius 

The lecture are:

Numbering, measuring, and weighing as Knowledge 


Defining architecture and it's rules for judgement  

Link to download Image file -- DesignTheory.02_05-Vitruvius and the Orders.pdf

Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.02_05-Meaning-Vitruvius.mp3

Shift in symmetry as an essential character in a definition of beauty, analogy of the body, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.03_05-meaning-Alberti.mp3

Body metaphors, introduction of relative priorities, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.03_06-meaning-Di Giorgio-Serlio.mp3

Mechanics as the source of meaning, moving away from mysticism, doubt as a tool for acquiring knowledge, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.04_02-Meaning-Enlightenment.mp3

Breaking with the past and the refocusing on the individual as source of knowledge, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.04_07-Meaning-Descartes.mp3

Tradition became challenged as a source of meaning, progress by certainty and truth, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.04_10-Meaning-cartesian.mp3

The unravelling of the Classical Canon through scientific inquiry, proportions not as absolute condition, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.05_05-Meaning-Perrault.mp3

Taste and the crisis of meaning – psychology of creation and experience of art, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.06_02-Meaning-taste.mp3

Application of Cartesian categories to address truth in the arts – clarity and distinctness, Assignment: Read Poe, The Philosophy of Composition (PDF) -- 07_03_Poe_ThePhilosophyofComposition.pdf
Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.07_03-Meaning-Cartesian aesthetics.mp3

Picturesque as the imaginative rather than imitative (Classical to Romantic), Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.07_07-Meaning-imaginative.mp3

Character – Blurring of distinction between art and design disciplines, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.08_03-Meaning-Boffrand.mp3

Kant's framework and the creation of a rationalist aesthetic, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.09_03-Meaning-Kant.mp3

Kant – meaning and genius, Click here to download the audio file and listen DesignTheory.09_07-Meaning-Kant.mp3


Mitrović, Philosophy for Architects, 62-71 Poe, 

The Philosophy of Composition (PDF) 


1. Each student, using the Blackboard Discussion Board feature will write a brief response to that question. The response will include reasoned, thoughtful information.

2. Secondly, each student will post an original question. The material should

be developed from the course material but will connect with ideas to the contemporary practice of


3. Finally, each student should respond to a minimum of one peer post.

Grading of the Discussion Board will be applied as follows:

• Posts submitted on time, respectively (1 point)

• Evidence of understanding the base theoretical concepts (up to 4 points)

• Organization and overall writing quality (up to 1 point)

• Presence of critical thinking and analysis (2 point)

• Use of at least two citations from books, book chapters, or academic journals (2 points)

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