- character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
- a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value.
Origin of pragmatism
Examples from the Web for pragmatism
De Robertis, an East Village mainstay, closes tomorrow—a moment for nostalgia, but also pragmatism.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
But the more they speak, the more the two are bound by pragmatism.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
Problematic ideological splits are usually rooted in principle—not pragmatism.Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City?
Conor P. Williams
March 4, 2014
At the same time, this focus on pragmatism is a tacit acknowledgment from the president.The Flaw in My Brother’s Keeper
February 28, 2014
So, when it came to the use of violence, as with so much else in his life, Mandela opted for pragmatism over ideology.Anger at the Heart of Nelson Mandela’s Violent Struggle
December 6, 2013
The extremes of mysticism and of pragmatism have their own expressions of worship.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
It is perhaps as a matter of "taste" that pragmatism proves most unsatisfactory to it.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
We hadn't talked a minute before he handed me "pragmatism" and "zing-slingers."At Good Old Siwash
I am not concerned to question this so far as the origin of pragmatism is concerned.Essays in Experimental Logic
We have seen in the last chapter that pragmatism is both a criticism and a theory.The Problem of Truth
H. Wildon Carr
- action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma
- the doctrine that the content of a concept consists only in its practical applicability
- the doctrine that truth consists not in correspondence with the facts but in successful coherence with experienceSee also instrumentalism
Word Origin and History for pragmatism
"matter-of-fact treatment," 1825, from Greek pragmat-, stem of pragma "that which has been done" (see pragmatic) + -ism. As a philosophical doctrine, 1898, said to be from 1870s; probably from German Pragmatismus. As a name for a political theory, from 1951. Related: Pragmatist (1630s as "busybody;" 1892 as "adherent of a pragmatic philosophy").
- A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.