Definition of Pragmatism

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

Specialized synonyms: Instrumentalism
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Pragmatic, Pragmatical, Pragmatist



2. Noun. The attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth.
Exact synonyms: Realism
Generic synonyms: Practicality
Derivative terms: Pragmatic, Pragmatic, Pragmatical, Pragmatist, Pragmatist, Realist, Realist

Definition of Pragmatism

1. n. The quality or state of being pragmatic; in literature, the pragmatic, or philosophical, method.

Definition of Pragmatism

1. Noun. The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals. ¹

2. Noun. (politics) The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones. ¹

3. Noun. (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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pragmatism

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Literary usage of Pragmatism

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1. The Problem of Knowledge by Douglas Clyde Macintosh (1915)
"pragmatism that shall be scientific, ie intellectually justifiable, in its procedure. Essential pragmatism is not content to say, with semi- pragmatism, ..."

2. The Problem of Knowledge by Douglas Clyde Macintosh (1915)
"Essential pragmatism is not content to say, with semi- pragmatism, that all real live ... Nor is essential pragmatism satisfied, as is what we have called ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"pragmatism: The word in its technical use originated with CS Pierce in 1878 (" How to Make ... pragmatism deals neither with the abstract nor with the pure ..."

4. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1909)
"By Paul Carus 78 Poincaré, H. The Choice of Facts 231 pragmatism, A German Critic of. By Paul Carus 136 pragmatism, Jean Jacques Rousseau a Forerunner of. ..."

5. The Persistent Problems of Philosophy: An Introduction to Metaphysics by Mary Whiton Calkins (1912)
"NOTE : pragmatism pragmatism is formulated sometimes as a psychological, sometimes as a logical, sometimes as a metaphysical doctrine. In the first sense, ..."

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