from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.
- n. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.
- n. The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones.
- n. The idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer, and the truth of beliefs with success of those actions in securing a believer's goals; the doctrine that ideas must be looked at in terms of their practical effects and consequences.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being pragmatic; in literature, the pragmatic, or philosophical, method.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pragmatical character or conduct; officiousness; busy impertinence.
- n. In history, same as pragmatic method. See pragmatic, a.
- n. In philosophy, a method of thought, a general movement or tendency of thought, and a specific school, in which stress is placed upon practical consequences and practical values as standards for explicating philosophic conceptions and as tests for determining their value and, especially, their truth.
- n. A theory of the nature of truth, namely, that the correspondence between fact and idea which constitutes truth consists in the power of the idea in question to work satisfactorily, or to produce the results intended by it.
- n. A metaphysical theory regarding the nature of reality, namely that it is still in process of making, and that human ideas and efforts play a fundamental rôle in its making: the equivalent of humanism as a metaphysical term.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
- n. the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
Although they continued to refer back to Peirce's 1878 paper as the source of pragmatism, and they continued to regard concepts and hypotheses as functioning as instruments, they did not always think of ˜pragmatism™ as denoting ˜the principle of Peirce™.
I wish it might do so; for its author admits all MY essential contentions, simply distinguishing my account of truth as 'modified' pragmatism from Schiller's and Dewey's, which he calls pragmatism of the 'radical' sort.
But in fact I wholeheartedly endorse Rohan's critical pragmatism; indeed, this kind of pragmatism is at the very core of my philosophy of criticism, along with John Dewey's insistence that it is the aesthetic experience of literature that is the immediate object of critical appreciation, an experience that can be satisfied in a multitude of ways.
As British ministers deliberate how they will vote in the Security Council, they are confronted with the choice between what is morally right – supporting a Palestinian state – and hypocrisy justified in the name of pragmatism.
A similar chilly pragmatism is at work in those homeowners now using the courts to remain in a house they defaulted on months or years ago.
Pure pragmatism is the antithesis of populism, and Washington tars politicians with mark of the unprincipled politician.
As a citizen and voter, I expect a minimum level of common sense and pragmatism from the people elected to represent me.
It looks like pragmatism is a political cop-out; compromise is certainly viewed that way.
Second, pragmatism is the thing human society can least afford at this stage in our development.
Time for logic and pragmatism from the Dems in a maze of repulican lunacy.