Doubt as a form of enquiry

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

I like what Chris Mowles has to say about John Dewey and Doubt as a form of enquiry.

Dewey was interested in experimentation and argued that traditions of thought, such as mainstream philosophy have conventionally been suspicious of the bodily, the temporal and the experiential, instead preferring Plato’s fixed and pure forms. We are generally encouraged to discover pre-existing ‘truth’, rather than dwell in the messy reality of experience. However, he himself was much less interested in knowledge as a pure and static expression of truth, and more committed to knowing as a form of active enquiry, the idea of constantly opening up experience to further experience. I think this idea of constant doubt and enquiry is especially relevant to managers who are thinking about how to deal with the ever changing patterning of experience in organisations that they have to deal with on a daily basis.

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