American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pragmatic theory that ideas are instruments that function as guides of action, their validity being determined by the success of the action.
- n. philosophy In the philosophy of science, the view that concepts and theories are merely useful instruments whose worth is measured not by whether the concepts and theories are true or false (or correctly depict reality), but how effective they are in explaining and predicting phenomena.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Philos.) The view that the sanction of truth is its utility, or that truth is genuine only in so far as it is a valuable instrument.
- n. a system of pragmatic philosophy that considers idea to be instruments that should guide our actions and their value is measured by their success
“An affectual orientation that contrasts with Seabright’s instrumentalism is represented in The Second Marriage by Seabright’s daughter Sophia.”
“In the case of scientific theories, the basic logical empiricist approaches were variations on the idea of instrumentalism, the view that scientific theories were predictive instruments and that the knowledge they represent is limited to what they predict about the observable properties of observables.”
“There is a second kind of instrumentalism-based value inheritance.”
“Ironically it's the same kind of instrumentalism favored by Biblical literalists, for whom all the biosphere was created for human satisfaction.”
“The public discourse is heavily dominated at present by a perception whether welcomed or deprecated of student instrumentalism.”
“Bartholomew: The trend is towards more focus on fault, less on instrumentalism. eBay explicitly rejected a cheapest cost avoider standard.”
“The bill is entirely too clever for its own good, painfully complicated in its tinkering instrumentalism, which in the end would do very little and do it too late, like an impoverished family scrounging for dinner money on the eve of their eviction.”
“Buddy's masterful multi-instrumentalism and Julie's sugar-cutting vocals ring in the truth.”
“Buddy\'s masterful multi-instrumentalism and Julie\'s sugar-cutting vocals ring in the truth.”
“Where New Leftists sought to link the personal and the political through instrumentalism (the organization of mass movements of the oppressed), hippies pursued a parallel revolution in consciousness, seeking to close the distance between alienated individuals by dissolving conventional distinctions between life and art, and suffusing daily life with religious ecstasy. 52 Leftist and hip approaches shared a concern with overcoming alienation through the cultivation of personal authenticity.”
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