Pragmatism and hope
Some notes made from Wicks & Freeman (1998)
Pragmatism & philosophy
. . . the purpose of philosophy is not to find foundational knowledge; it is to generate hope
. . . hope is optimism about the possibilities for the future
. . . hope is a disposition to experiment with alternative ways of livig that hold some promise to realize our aspirations and those of others
. . . experimenting with new ways of living
. . . finding more liberating vocabularies
. . . does this idea work in this place and at this time?
Politics are important
. . . what can those of us here now agree to?
Example: Karl Weick and sensemaking
- We can (and do) interpret events in different ways.
- How do we come to an agreement about why things are the way they are and what we can do about them?
- How does our understanding emerge from what we did and with whom? And from what each of us did and with whom?
- When we are in an unfamiliar situation, we impose ourselves on it to make sense. [Pragmatists emphasize that without noting the context, we cannot make sense of things or of the way we make sense about things.]
- A limiting boundary condition to the amount of change we can make is what we can understand and what people around us can understand
Wicks, A. C., & Freeman, R. E. (1998). Organization Studies and the New Pragmatism: Positivism, Anti-positivism, and the Search for Ethics. Organization Science, 9(2), 123–140. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.9.2.123