The article grew out of a conference paper, ‘The objectness of everyday life: engagement and disburdenment’, Material Geographies, UCL, September 2002. An expanded version of the paper was included in a special themed section of an issue of Geoforum. The paper intervenes into contemporary philosophical scholarship on the nature of use-value, usability, design and ethics. The article has been directly engaged with in an academic journal; Christensen, Carleton B. (2005) ‘The Material Basis of Everyday Rationality: transformation by design or education?’, Design Philosophy Papers No.4,)
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