Pragmatism: a philosophy of practice

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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
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2018

    Research areas

  • pragmatism, research, philosophy

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