- the quality or condition of being pragmatic
- a method or tendency in philosophy, originating with C. S. Peirce and William James, that determines the meaning and truth of all concepts by their practical consequences
Pragmatism is defined as an approach to things that focuses on the practical or logical response.
Addressing problems logically and practically is an example of pragmatism.
- 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.
- A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.
(countable and uncountable, plural pragmatisms)
- The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.
- (politics) The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones.
- (philosophy) 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 Ancient Greek stem of Ï€Ïá¾¶Î³Î¼Î± (pragma, “act") + -ism.
- Extensions of pragmatism in a variety of directions readily suggest themselves, and indeed only the doctrine of truth in the above sketch can be treated as strictly indispensable.
- But the word "pragmatism" itself first occurs in print in 1898, in James's pamphlet on Theoretical Conceptions and Practical Results, and again in his Varieties of Religious Experience (1902, P. 444).
- Despite the animosity boiling at the back of his brother's gaze, Kiki's pragmatism snapped to the forefront.
- Here we see the germs of Mendelssohn's Pragmatism, to use the now current term.
- If however the logical method of pragmatism is critically applied to all the sciences, many doctrines will be cut out which have little or no "pragmatic value."