Colloquium: Architects on Value _ reducing the good to the beautiful?

The talk consists of two parts. The first part asks whether, to what extent, and how exactly, a reduction of ethical to aesthetical values is taking place in contemporary architectural practice and architecture theory. The second part scrutinizes the philosophical feasibility of reducing ethical to aesthetical values more generally. In particular, I query which epistemology of values renders such a reduction feasible, compare a Kantian to a Platonic epistemology of values, and query which of the two would better fit architectural theory and practice.