You might be asking, “What is a ‘Radical Pragmatist’?”
Well, over the past several years, I have spent a great deal of time examining my own worldview to understand how I engage with the knowledge generation process. In that time, I’ve had difficulty settling on a particular paradigm that fits my views universally. In my pursuit of this self-understanding, I often kept coming back to “pragmatism” and “radicalism.”
Typically, PRAGMATIC research “sidesteps the contentious issues of truth and reality” (Feilzer 2010, p. 8), and “focuses instead on ‘what works’ as the truth regarding the research questions under investigation” (Tashakkori & Teddlie 2003, p. 713). RADICAL research, on-the-other-hand, recognizes that “research is not a neutral tool to be employed without bias in the search for truth” (Schostak & Schostak, 2008).
As I further investigated my own opinions and intentions for my work, I felt that it was impossible to separate one from the other…thus was born, “radical pragmatism”. In this paradigm, I engage with new topics and issues to find “what works” by recognizing that my engagement as a researcher is necessary, unavoidable, and can not be done without some bias. I also pragmatically understand that solutions must work within systems, but radically do not hold any system to be so important that we can not dismantle it to find a better solution.
As I apply my lense to my work—and life, really—I am also interested in making this process transparent and accessible. So follow along for this semi-regular, non-serious, mostly snarky snapshot of what I (Dr. Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, aka “That Hippie Prof”) am doing, writing, and thinking. Every so often, I’ll share links to my recently published academic articles and presentations, my on-going research projects, as well as what I’m currently reading and listening to…I’ll also be sharing my non-ac writing, giving you a quick link to stuff I put out on Medium, in podcasts, and other outlets.