Pragmatism: a philosophy of practice

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    Abstract

    This chapter takes seriously the rich philosophical underpinnings of the American Pragmatist tradition, which is positioned here as a process and practice-based orientation that has significant potential as a way of seeing the unfolding, dynamic continuity of living organisational experience. The intellectual contributions of the Classical Pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and Gorger Herbert Mead, are summarised, and six key Pragmatist concepts are distilled out of this analysis: Abduction, Inquiry, Habit, Social Selves, Gestural Conversation, and Trans-action. These six concepts are offered as empirical sensitisations in the inquiries into the coordinated, performative actions that emerge in organisational settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods
    Subtitle of host publicationHistory and Traditions
    EditorsCatherine Cassell, Ann L Cunliffe, Gina Grandy
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Pages54-68
    Number of pages15
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2018

    Keywords

    • pragmatism
    • research
    • philosophy

    Cite this

    Simpson, B. (2018). Pragmatism: a philosophy of practice. In C. Cassell, A. L. Cunliffe, & G. Grandy (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods: History and Traditions (Vol. 1, pp. 54-68).