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The pragmatist tradition in planning thought

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Healey P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Planning Education and Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 28

Issue: 3

Pages: 277-292

ISSN (print): 0739-456X

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6577

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0739456X08325175


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