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pragmaticism

[prag-mat-uh-siz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the pragmatist philosophy of C. S. Peirce, chiefly a theory of meaning: so called by him to distinguish it from the pragmatism of William James.
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Origin of pragmaticism

First recorded in 1905; pragmatic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·prag·mat·i·cism, noun
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  • Many components of Leibniz's system, of Descartes' rationalism, and Peirce's pragmaticism can be mentioned.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin


Word Origin and History for pragmaticism

n.

1865, "officiousness," from pragmatic + -ism. From 1905 as a term in philosophy by American philosopher C.S. Peirce (1839-1914).

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