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Synonyms for pragmatism

(philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value

the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth


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The issue central to Swindal's debate and the question of what to do with the tradition of pragmatism that we have inherited (5) concerns how socially to reconcile different norm-governing schema across agents.
Beyond presenting a viable alternative to the approaches of Habermas and Brandom, then, Swindal successfully illustrates the manner in which the existential approach through an understanding of agent causation can solve what Rorty took to be the central problem of the contemporary debate regarding our inheritance of pragmatism and democracy.
An interesting contrast between social theorists and post-analytic philosophers can be seen in the way pragmatism is emphasized.
This study aims to present insight in idealism and pragmatism and consider in this problem.
Pragmatism emphasize on experience by its extent meaning including cognitions, feelings, thoughts, judgment, comparison, description, rational trend and attention to works relation to each other.
Nicholas Rescher's latest book on pragmatism is an excellent guide through the complexities of this important philosophical movement.
Rescher places pragmatism at a crossroads, facing a choice between (1) a hard version about scientific objectivity and universal needs and (2) a soft version of whatever works and individual subjectivity.
In The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand offers a rich, accessible, and well-written history of pragmatism as it emerged from the chaos of the Civil War (1850-1870), as it was refined in the era of social and political Progressivism (1880-1920), and as it matured in modernist America (1900-1920).
In particular, Menand traces the development of pragmatism through the lives of Holmes, James, Peirce (characterized pithily as not having an "elastic ego"), and John Dewey, all the while interweaving the contributions of others--antagonists (e.
Rorty's pragmatism, though often reacted against in the articles, does not receive any thoroughgoing examination; nor does, for instance, Hilary Putnam's version of pragmatic realism.
In the first chapter, Jeffrey Stout sets the book's tone by promising 'pragmatism without narcissism', a pragmatism that respects our interest in getting things right, hence realism and objectivity.