In the last few years, it has occasionally been suggested to acknowledge the philosophy of architecture as a new philosophical sub-discipline which embraces the various philosophical approaches to architecture. My presentation scrutinizes how well founded this proposal is, and how one could develop it further. Hence, I open with a general characterization of the philosophy of architecture as a field to be distinguished from architectural theory and to be placed within philosophy. In the first part, I discuss several attempts to distinguish it from architectural theory by means of author-related or content-related criteria, and propose – as an alternative – to effect that distinction by appeals to more formal criteria. In the second part, I turn to the aesthetics and the ethics of architecture as the two best established branches of the philosophy of architecture. I characterize these branches by suggesting a list of issues they are dealing with, and discuss whether philosophical inquiry into architecture requires distinct fields of applied aesthetics and of applied ethics. Finally, I argue that it is useful to conceive of the philosophy of architecture as a distinct philosophical discipline with the aesthetics and the ethics of architecture as two of its sub-disciplines.
Harvard Citation Guide: Baumberger, C. (2014) Philosophy of Architecture: Its Relation to Architectural Theory and its Place within Philosophy, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 19 May 2014, Available at: http://isparchitecture.com. [Accessed: 01 June 2014].