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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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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.
While American pragmatism, broadly speaking, emerges and explains itself as a response (whether romantic, scientific, or ironic) to the accumulated failures of a received philosophical and cultural tradition, Frank's pragmatism emerges primarily as a response to personal loss.
American pragmatism was for Holmes the linchpin between fixity and flexibility.
He documents the decline of American pragmatism first described by David Hollinger in his 1980 paper "The Problem of Pragmatism in American History' and goes on to note its rise and flourishing only sixteen years later, described by James Kloppenberg (1996: 100) as "alive, well.
Undoubtedly, this American pragmatism is grounded in a Eurocentric understanding of liberal democracy, which exploits the consideration that Western democracies themselves are full of people who can be persuaded to vote in ways quite opposed to their own real long-term interests, if they can be deceived by liberal rhetoric to opt for short-term goals.
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.
Louis Menand, the author of "The Metaphysical Club," a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that explores American pragmatism, will speak at 8 p.
His finesse is usefully contrasted with Richard Rorty's ham-fisted attempts to replace mainstream analytic philosophy with a watered-down version of American pragmatism.

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