Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

American Pragmatism

American pragmatism

Definition: American Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that challenges the dichotomy ‘knowledge/experience’ and positions practical action at the heart of theoretical inquiry.

American Pragmatism was developed by three American philosophers, Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey, as an alternative to dominant forms of Western rationalism. The three founding fathers of American Pragmatism held various and loosely connected concerns about philosophy, truth, human experience and meaning. For example, Charles Peirce (1839–1914) trained as a scientist and, as such, was keen to apply scientific principles to philosophical problems. For Peirce, meaning was established by direct interaction with the sensible effects of one's actions. On a slightly different tack, William James (1842–1910) was troubled by the precarious place of humans in the new scientific world. ...

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