pragmatism


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(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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My clairvoyance is not that this pragmatism is the only meander by which polder may have an effeminacy.
The broader version of this claim, pragmatism needs rhetoric, is developed throughout the book, but the converse claim, rhetoric needs pragmatism, is advanced more sporadically.
His pragmatism had actually helped him to deal reasonably with the regional and international powers.
In the most significant of these texts, the preliminary note to the 1945 Argentine translation of Pragmatism, Borges even goes so far as to abandon his commonly self-proclaimed skepticism for an outspoken ethical judgment in favor of James.
The remote origin of pragmatism may be found in Kant and Emerson.
The pragmatism of the centre ground turns politics into a commodity market - because pragmatism leads to opportunism, which leads to cynicism," he wrote.
So, here goes with a little realism and pragmatism.
It has, seemingly, required a revival of pragmatic ideas, this time with a self-proclaimedly postmodern cast, to remind us of a pragmatism that was a fundamental element of modernism all along.
Alter, "represents a form of cultural pragmatism that accommodates the taste of the particular context," though, of course, this "taste" could allow for many levels.
Our object is not to draw up battle lines between financial pragmatism and some pious form of other-worldly idealism, but to search for viable pathways towards global justice,' said Samuel Kobia, the General Secretary of the WCC, welcoming James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank Group, Agustin Carstens, Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, and WCC President Agnes Abuom.
But pragmatism prevails in the new, market-friendly Latin America; ideology is left for the academics.
Unfortunately, pragmatism can also hide not just a magnitude of easy options, as decision makers follow the path of least resistance, but a culture of cultural bullying.
2) Even Richard Rorty, the philosopher frequently credited with reviving pragmatism more generally, concurs) For Grey and Rorty, pragmatism is banal because it "is the implicit working theory of most good lawyers.
Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R.
Pragmatism as a Way of Life: The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey