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do you know the work of Donald Alan Schön on reflexive practitioners? Also the "flow" guy Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was heavily influenced by Dewey.
Paul Rabinow has written about the relevance of Dewey after Foucault for his (paul's) anthropology of the contemporary coming out of his ethnographic studies of gengineering.
Tony Chemero is another interesting pragmatist/experimentalist:
A persistent criticism of radical embodied cognitive science is that it will be impossible to explain “real cognition” without invoking mental representations. This talk will provide an account of explicit, real-time thinking of the kind we engage in when we imagine counter-factual situations, remember the past, and plan for the future. We will first present a very general non-representational account of explicit thinking, based on pragmatist philosophy of science. Then we will present a more detailed instantiation of this general account drawing on nonlinear dynamics and ecological psychology. This talk is based on a paper co-authored with Gui Sanches de Oliveira and Vicente Raja.


There's some discussion of Churchman (and a little bit of Ackoff) in George Reisch's book _How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science: To the Icy Slopes of Logic_. My own view is that Reisch over-states his case by a fair amount, but that's where I first heard about these guys.

There is still an operations research and philosophy over-lap at Penn (though how much, I don't know) with a philosopher Steven Kimbrough, having a main appointment in Operations management at Wharton, and a secondary appointment in philosophy. See: https://philosophy.sas.upenn.edu/people/steven-o-kimbrough

I think that Peter Vranas's first PhD was also in operations research, though how, if at all, that influences his current work I have no idea. https://philosophy.wisc.edu/staff/vranas-peter-b-m/

Eric Schliesser

Hi Matt,
Yes, good point about Reisch! (Who may have been my initial source.) I had forgotten he mentioned Ackoff, although indeed Churchman is not irrelevant to his larger argument. Thank you.
I am not sure what you disagree with Reisch about (perhaps the contrast between the Vienna/Berlin exiles and Churchman?), but think Reisch is right to suggest that there were quite a few OR/Rand types who stayed and flourished in professional philosophy, but those are not the point of the post above (although also interesting).


On Reisch, I wasn't convinced by his thesis that the "cold war" changed the positivists so much as did 1) getting older and more experienced, 2) Seeing how "really existing socialism" was going in the Soviet Union. I thought he made what seem to me to be more "organic" changes out to be more insidious than seemed to me to be likely, and I didn't think his evidence bore the weight of his thesis very well. But, as you say, that's not that closely related to what you're interested in in this post, I think. I should add that I thought the post was quite interesting on its own, so was glad to read it.

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