from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A special and limited form of pragmatism, in which the pragmatism is restricted to the determining of the meaning of concepts (particularly of philosophic concepts) by consideration of the experimental differences in the conduct of life which would conceivably result from the affirmation or denial of the meaning in question.


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  • In 1877-78, Peirce wrote a series of articles for Popular Science Monthly magazine called "Illustrations in the Logic of Science," in which he laid out much of the foundations of Pragmatist philosophy (Peirce would come to prefer the term "pragmaticism," to distinguish his own ideas from what he saw as distortions that crept in as the concepts became popularized).

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  • "pragmaticism", but the new term did not prove useful to philosophers and has been abandoned.

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  • For the record, I'm a liberal but there comes a time where pragmaticism takes over, and it should start with this issue. james

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  • As best I can tell, the VP Chief of Staff coined the term on the spot, or else was confusing it with Posner-style legal pragmaticism.

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  • ( "How To Make Our Ideas Clear," 1878) But thinking about music in a Peircean way has been largely in the context of semiotics, not logic, or pragmatism, or "pragmaticism."

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  • At a certain point, pragmaticism must set in, and the pragmaticism of free markets and firm actions against terrorism has to become apparent now that he sees things from the Oval Office.

    Obama to congressional Republicans: "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."

  • It is in this light that his specifications of the nature of pragmatism (which he later called “pragmaticism” in order to distinguish his own scientific philosophy from other conceptions and theories that were trafficked under the title “pragmatism”) are to be understood.

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  • Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was the founder of American pragmatism (later called by Peirce “pragmaticism” in order to differentiate his views from others being labelled “pragmatism”), a theorist of logic, language, communication, and the general theory of signs (which was often called by Peirce “semeiotic”), an extraordinarily prolific mathematical logician and general mathematician, and a developer of an evolutionary, psycho-physically monistic metaphysical system.

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  • And someone like C.S. Peirce, whose pragmaticism has certain affinities with Rosenstock-Huessy's understanding of truth, also differs from Rosenstock-Huessy in his preoccupation with ˜reasonable™ and ˜objective statements™ as the road to truth.

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  • Charles Sanders Peirce was a wine-taster, IIRC, so winetasting made its contribution to pragmaticism Peirce's word and operationalism. WINE TALK.


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