Innovation, Ethics and our Common Futures

A Collaborative Philosophy

Rafael Ziegler, Visiting Associate Professor, HEC Montréal, Canada and GETIDOS Fellow, Universität Greifswald, Germany

The important yet contradictory role of innovation in society calls for a philosophy of innovation. Critically exploring innovation in relation to values, the economy and social change, Rafael Ziegler proposes a collaborative theory and practice of innovation that aims to liberate possibilities for our common futures.

‘Innovations presume to be improvements, but such presumptions are essentially contested. As Ziegler shows, such contest has deep roots in ethics. Ziegler’s book for the first time connects studies on social innovations with reflections from ethical theories. It analyses evaluative perspectives which determine what counts as innovation. I see Ziegler’s approach as a groundbreaking paradigm shift in the theory of innovation. It fulfills the idea that books on innovations should be innovative in themselves.’
– Konrad Ott, Kiel University, Germany

2020 200 pp Hardback 978 1 78990 453 6 £67.50 £75.00 $103.50 $115.00

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