Publication: Essex school of discourse analysis: A logic-based approach to ontological investigation of planning
Planning discipline historically emerged to modify the side effects of capitalism. Consequently, the discipline has undertaken a paradoxical role: while planning provides facilities for a better condition of life through provision and distribution of public goods and services, it also facilitates accumulation of capital and market operation (Harvey, 1985). Friedmann (1987) discussed the difficulties that we as planners face to present a definition of the essence of planning discipline. Furthermore, Gunder (2005) through a Lacanian approach illuminated the linguistics reasons for difficulties in presenting a concise definition of planning, specifically where we present contradictory significations for the dominant concepts of planning such as smart growth, sustainability, and public interest. As Gunder and Hillier (2009) argued, it seems planning is signified with a series of terms and phrases which inherently have different and sometimes contradictory significations. This paper suggests that planners require an ontological investigation of planning to respond to a question of the planning functions. An ontological analysis is merely possible on the light of logic. Namely, a logic approach is able to provide a window on ontological studies of the essence of phenomena including planning.
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