“There is nothing so practical as a good theory.”
— Kurt Lewin
We Are Pragmatists and Therefore Value Theory
People love to divide the world into fanciful theorists and effective pragmatists, who get the job done. Facing a pressing issue there is a very high urge for immediate action. The reasonable solution better be a pragmatic one.
Unfortunately most often a dangerous variety of pragmatism is called for: quick fixes and ad-hoc-solutions are implemented. Somehow the problem is reformulated to fit proposed solutions or standard recipes. The effect of that kind of pragmatism, especially when facing complex issues, is a mere shifting of the burden. The issue will reappear either at a later point in time or at a different location.
Our understanding of pragmatism is different: we are completely focussed on solving the problem and helping you. But to achieve this, we must have understood the deeper roots of the problem at hand and considered unintended side effects. Without a sufficient explanation, solving a problem rather quickly turns into groping around in the dark and action for the sake of action. A sufficient explanation is exactly what is meant by good theory.
We will certainly “roll up our sleeves” to give you the best possible support. But should we come to the well-founded conclusion that not doing anything is the solution, then we will recommend exactly that.