Classical Pragmatism

In this video John Holmwood gives a great overview of how classical pragmatist philosophy has been taken up and put to use within Sociology, as well as the practical issues it engages with in the process of being used to construct sociological accounts. It’s one in a series of videos from a recent conference organised by the Social Theory Forum and Culture, Imagination and Practice Research (SOCSI) Group at the University of Cardiff – check out the rest of the videos here.


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  1. The ‘consequences’ of structure/agency must be ‘gratification’ as an explanatory success of there intimate cohesion, where the dynamic nexus literally manufactures its purposive goals of Interest, even where jointly motivated and especially where cooperative between the Categories.

    It appears that this lecturer has a critical point to make about the semantics of sociological (as a system) methods of inquiry and definition of the subjective/objective orientations of Perception, as it relates to these very definitions, i.e., are they self-serving constructs of a presumptive science or do they serve better the logic of understanding what’s going on behind the scenes of Agent determinations, cognitions, planning strategies untoward gratification of certain, expressed or sensed, intuited interests (which may in fact be makeshift, somewhat; but have they more convincing explanatory virtue, success)?

    Good characterizations of the several problems, but unconvincing solutions offered, if indeed any. The true problem here may be the definition of the problem itself, as perceived from his very own perspective, which he certainly possesses. Something about journalism.

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