Planning to Change the World? Questioning the Normative Ethics of Planning Theories

Tanja Winkler, James Duminy

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Abstract

We begin with the assertion that epistemological standpoints shape – and are shaped by – ethical principles and that epistemologies of action are constantly evolving. Yet, while many contemporary planning theories are influenced by post-structural and postcolonial epistemologies that recognise the value of subjective and situated knowledge, work on planning ethics tends to retain a focus on normative ethical theories. This focus precludes further explorations of the nature and meaning of adopted ethical values. By means of a case example, we suggest that some engagement with meta-ethical questions might offer scholars of the global South-East an alternative basis for developing knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-129
Number of pages19
JournalPlanning Theory
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date19 Sep 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

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