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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]

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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Such apparent numbness or indifference in the face of profound loss gives fuel to the long-standing criticism that American pragmatism lacks a proper sense of the tragic and, furthermore, that its optimism is, in that sense, naive and partial.
However, Kirk's assertion that Burke refutes once and for all an American pragmatism yet to come and his reading of that pragmatism strike me as mistaken.
American pragmatism was for Holmes the linchpin between fixity and flexibility.
It was in this work that Rorty sought to combine his philosophical interest in American pragmatism with a commitment to enlightened social reform, whose high water marks had been the Progressive Era and the New Deal.
Kallen" and a "Selected Bibliography of Pragmatism in France, 1898-1914." Schultenover could not have chosen a more suitable conclusion, for it leaves readers with tools to continue discussion of the relationship between American pragmatism and Catholic Modernism.
This is American pragmatism. That is, White, liberal American politicians (including President Obama!) are interested in the function of ideas and statements and their effects rather than the sources and conditions of their production.
Perhaps Americans' decision to immerse themselves in the war by reading blow-by-blow accounts of it was American pragmatism at work--the nation was stuck in a bad situation and the people preferred to deal with it as it was.
Nevertheless, alongside Glaude's moral philosophical embrace of a qualified form of American pragmatism in the wake of the 1960s and 1970s, Saidiya Hartman's Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route offers a rather agnostic approach to diasporic politics and desire.
The chapter on comparative epistemology, for instance, is an occasionally amusing traverse of Germanic idealism, Zen Buddhism, and American pragmatism that bridges huge gulfs without being entirely clear, at least for this reader, how "justified belief" translates into moral or ethical imperatives.
Bruno Bosteels continues the examination of philosophy in Borges, focusing on the writer's links to American pragmatism, especially the writings of William James.

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