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The pragmatist tradition in planning thought (2009)

Author(s): Healey P

    Abstract: is article reviews the influence of U.S. pragmatist philosophy on the development of theories about the nature, purpose, and method of planning. It outlines the key contributions of the pragmatist and "neo-pragmatist" philosophers and identifies the influence of pragmatism on early concepts of planning as a rational process; on the perspectives of Friedmann, Lindblom, and Schon; on the development of Forester's "critical pragmatism"; and on other planning theory contributions in the 1980s and 1990s. The article concludes by identifying the importance of pragmatist ideas in emphasizing the dimensions of planning as a practically situated, social learning activity, which should draw on the full range of human capacities and promote the ability for critical, transformative systemic framing work in the public sphere.

      • Date: 01-03-2009
      • Journal: Journal of Planning Education and Research
      • Volume: 28
      • Issue: 3
      • Pages: 277-292
      • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE
      Emeritus Prof of Town & Country Plann