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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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To conclude, Lance and Little's consistently pragmatistic view lacks the resources to answer our question--to explain what distinguishes "lawlike" generalizations from mere generalizations such that they explain the relevant phenomena, support counterfactuals in the right ways, and ground moral necessities.
As developed below, my pragmatistic view is that we are better off assessing the world as best we can rather than leaving it blank - that is, as subject to the de facto control of cultural stereotypes in the state inherited from our immediate predecessors.
Henry James and Pragmatistic Thought: A Study in the Relationship Between the Philosophy of William James and the Literary Art of Henry James.