Intention and Responsibility: Ethical Consistency in Contemporary Architecture
The question is simple, just like all questions connected with the logics based on real facts and not on the abstractions of the human mind. Where and how does a farmer, a blacksmith, a teacher, a publisher, a physician, or an architect explain “the facts that we know” (thus, our “knowledge” and “science”)? However, while on one hand Intention and Responsibility leads directly toward a challenging and open epistemological proposal, on the other hand, it represents an exemplar and clear demonstration of the unlimited and new dimensions and perspectives of a great philosophical intuition—probably the one with the most complete sense in the history of thought—that is, phenomenology. Without any doubt, we can also maintain that when only resorting to phenomenology, we can reach a specific and important epistemological target.
“This book Intention and Responsibility deals specifically with daily actions” writes Carlo Deregibus in his conclusion. This statement suspends the judgement on a work that is rich with solicitations, as well as theoretical, ethical, linguistic, sociological and strictly technical questions in relations to architecture. The reduction of such questions to the fundamental and decisive role of our daily actions represents the choice of a field, the direction of a methodology, and a life perspective. Beyond the philosophical terminology by Husserl (and also especially by Heidegger), beyond the broad and articulate philosophical debate that, even beyond Europe, such terminology raised, and beyond complex and difficult interpretations, phenomenology—“a daily ascesis”—shows one of the most convincing and concrete perspectives for defining the awaited resizing of individual and social behavior toward the rediscovery of our belonging to the cosmos and our planet first of all, then, to the human society, the sociability of residential areas, our homes, our families, and, above all, ourselves (from Editor preface to the book).