The Sociology of Military Science: Prospects for by Colonel (US Army Ret.) Chris Paparone

By Colonel (US Army Ret.) Chris Paparone

This groundbreaking paintings demanding situations modernist army technology and explores how a extra open layout epistemology is changing into an enticing replacement to an army employees tradition rooted in a monistic medical paradigm. the writer bargains clean sociological avenues to turn into extra institutionally reflexive - to supply numerous layout frames of reference, past these typified through sleek army doctrine.Modernist army wisdom has been institutionalized to the purpose that blinds militaries to replacement designs organizationally and of their interventions. This ebook seeks to reconstruct process and operations in "designing methods" and develops theories of motion via multifaceted contextualizations and recontextualizations of events, displaying that army layout doesn't need to depend upon set rational-analytic decision-making schemes, yet on looking substitute meanings in- and on-action. The paintings deals an alternate philosophy of perform that embraces the unpredictability of initiatives to be finished. Written by way of Colonel Paparone (U.S. military, Ret., PhD) with a different bankruptcy through energetic responsibility officials, it's going to entice all in army and safeguard reviews, together with pros and policymakers.

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Such rationalizations have to appear conceptually consistent (the hallmark of modernism) if resources are to be reliably produced and obtained. When the products of these rationalizations are presented to political decision-makers, the ideology seems spirally reinforcing. Modernism manifests in the creation and sustainment of military structures that, over time, become sedimentary; that is, they may be described as solutions looking for problems (March and Olsen 1989, p. 20 There are instances when complex problem settings are so dynamic that they do not “respond” well to the use of sedimentary solutions, particularly those of the modern military staff and their decision sciences.

These deeply sedimentary, superset ways of framing for the design of military meanings and behaviors in interventions are akin to Lewis Feuer’s definition of ideology (mentioned earlier). A postinstitutional philosophy of Military Design would seek to expose how institutionalized frames, such as those formalized in written doctrine, are dominating thoughts about what should be done and would suggest a need to find alternative framings. 22 Sociology of Military Science Some final introductory thoughts The essence of the argument in this chapter, and in the remainder of this book, revolves primarily around criticizing the epistemology of modern military institutions.

Nicholas Rescher (2001a), Philosophical Reasoning: “.  it is unlikely in the extreme that there will soon be a restoration of the ambitious single-author systemizations that have characterized philosophical productivity in the past.  it has become multilateral and diffuse—no longer the product of single minds” (p. 273). Frames [interesting that he calls these a “network of contexts”] include: cognitive, scientific, social, technical, and political. Gareth Morgan (2006), Images of Organization: “When we recognize that competing theories are competing metaphors, we can.

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