The history and ideas of pragmatism
Ormerod, R. J.. (2006) The history and ideas of pragmatism. Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.57 (No.8). pp. 892-909. ISSN 0160-5682Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602065
This paper examines the origins of philosophical pragmatism in the USA in the second half of the 19th-century and its development and use up to the Second World War. The story is told through the lives and ideas of some of the main originators, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, Charles Saunders Peirce, William James and John Dewey. The core idea of pragmatism, that beliefs are guides to actions and should be judged against the outcomes rather than abstract principles, dominated American thinking during the period of economic and political growth from which the USA emerged as a world power. The paper suggests that the practical, commonsense, scientific approach embedded in pragmatism resonates with OR as practised and that much of pragmatism could be attractive to practitioners and academics alike. Journal of the Operational Research Society (2006) 57, 892-909.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Operational Research & Management Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of the Operational Research Society|
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 892-909|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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