pragmatism


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prag·ma·tism

(prag'mă-tizm),
A philosophy emphasizing practical applications and consequences of beliefs and theories, that the meaning of ideas or things is determined by the testability of the idea in real life.
[G. pragma (pragmat-), thing done]

pragmatism

[prag′mətiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, pragma, deed
a philosophy concerned with actual practice and practical results as opposed to theory and speculation.

prag·ma·tism

(prag'mă-tizm)
A philosophy emphasizing practical applications and consequences of beliefs and theories; that the meaning of ideas or things is determined by the testability of the idea in real life.
[G. pragma (pragmat-), thing done]

pragmatism

1. Action determined by the need to respond to immediate necessity or to achieve a particular practical result, rather than by established policy or dogma.
2. The philosophic principle that the truth and meaning of an idea is entirely relative to its practical outcome.
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Danisch argues that James' most influential writings about pragmatism, A Pluralistic Universe, Pragmatism, and The Will to Believe in particular, implicitly develop a philosophy of rhetoric.
In short, his pragmatism has largely enabled him to put northern local opposition under control in 1980s, to defeat southern rivals in 1990s, to do away with his partners in the early years of the recent decade.
We would still miss the opportunity to grasp the unique inflection which pragmatism in a lasting manner seems to have given to much of Borges's work, including at later points of his career.
Pragmatism was taken to be a philosophy because it was the only homegrown intellectual structure in America at the time, transcendentalism having had its hour.
If the world "stands really malleable, waiting to receive its final touches at our hands," it is also true that this process of remaking the world is an endless one, so that James can declare that "for pragmatism [reality] is still in the making .
Pragmatism can also lead to quite unexpected consequences like the recent, somewhat bizarre report about Britain exporting rubbish to China.
Pragmatism could not ask for a more influential spokesperson.
For investigation, this research has used articulation approach; grounding essential theoretical information around pragmatism within Laughlin methodological framework to justify its use as a valid academic approach to mixed method research.
No se trata de una nueva reflexion historica sobre el pragmatismo y su reciente resurgimiento,--como quiza cabria esperar--, sino que propiamente consiste en una relectura personal del libro de William James Pragmatism.
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Conservatism and Pragmatism in Law, Politics, and Ethics, by Seth Vannatta.