Author: Viv Straw

Philosophical ideas that impact planning decisions and directions

РViv Straw Unlike philosophers of science, planners cannot point to a single philosophical idea that drives their decision-making processes. Science and its resultant technological outputs are founded on a theoretical paradigm. The Universe is made up of materials and energy sources that act, perhaps react,  in predictable ways. This fundamental constant allows scientists to study the phenomena to find the patterns and eventually design new technologies to take advantage of research findings. For science to be successful, it is necessary to be able to repeat the test and get the same result: this is evidence based science. The...

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The Pragmatic Philosophical Heritage of Planning Philosophy

The Pragmatist Philosophical Heritage of Planning Philosophies… – Bruce Long There are few fields of scientific, social, and philosophical discipline during the last two centuries that have not been influenced by American philosophical pragmatism. Town and Urban planning are included in this by fiat due to the influence worldwide of American culture and technology, but also because the story of the philosophy of planning is largely a story about the contention between scientistic logical positivism that excludes subjective experience as important, and constructivism that regards a more Popperian-cum-neo-pragmatist approach to the discipline as preeminent. Popperian here¬†refers to the philosophy...

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