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OTHER WORDS FROM pragmatismprag·ma·tis·tic, adjectivean·ti·prag·ma·tism, noun
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What does pragmatism mean?
Pragmatism is a way of dealing with problems or situations that focuses on practical approaches and solutions—ones that will work in practice, as opposed to being ideal in theory.
The word pragmatism is often contrasted with the word idealism, which means based on or having high principles or ideals. Pragmatism, on the other hand, is based on real-world conditions or circumstances—considering what can realistically be done as opposed to the best theoretical course of action.
More specifically, pragmatism can refer to the philosophical movement or approach that emphasizes practical consequences in the determination of meaning, truth, or value.
The adjective form pragmatic means practical, especially when making decisions. The word pragmatist can refer to a person who prefers to act pragmatically, or to a philosopher who adheres to the movement of pragmatism.
Example: We need a candidate who values pragmatism and can get things done in the real world—not some idealist who will never compromise.
Where does pragmatism come from?
The first records of the word pragmatism come from the 1800s. It ultimately derives from the Greek pragmatikós, meaning “practical,” from pragma, meaning “act,” from prā́ssein, “to do.” The words practical and praxis derive from the same root.
People considered idealistic typically try to achieve the best-case scenario—the one based on their ideals. Such idealists are sometimes told they should try pragmatism, meaning they should focus on the realistic options or courses of action. Of course, many people navigate life with a balance of pragmatism and idealism: sometimes they compromise, and sometimes they stick to their principles no matter what.
Pragmatism isn’t always contrasted with idealism. Sometimes, it’s just used to refer to a practical, logical, or sensible way of doing things.
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How is pragmatism used in real life?
Pragmatism is commonly used in a positive way in the context of choices or actions that are considered practical and reasonable. It’s often used in the context of political positions or actions.
I wish we wouldn’t conflate “complete lack of imagination” with “critical thinking and pragmatism”
— josie duffy rice (@jduffyrice) June 13, 2020
Is pragmatism really pragmatism if you continually try to solve problems with solutions that have already shown to be ineffective?
Just a thought.
— Jonathan Braylock (@jonbraylock) June 10, 2020
Art should never be bound by pragmatism.
— The Good Sherpa (@SherpaGood) June 10, 2020
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Which of the following words is LEAST like to describe an action that’s considered an example of pragmatism?
Example sentences from the Web for pragmatism
De Robertis, an East Village mainstay, closes tomorrow—a moment for nostalgia, but also pragmatism.
But the more they speak, the more the two are bound by pragmatism.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, this focus on pragmatism is a tacit acknowledgment from the president.
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|Christopher Dickey|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In one respect these particular lectures (afterwards published as his book on Pragmatism) stand alone in my recollection.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James
This is the principle of Peirce, the principle of pragmatism.
Yet pragmatism must respect this way, for it has massive historic vindication.
You see that pragmatism can be called religious, if you allow that religion can be pluralistic or merely melioristic in type.
In pragmatism we met a new principle, the proposal to regard truth as a value.The Problem of Truth|H. Wildon Carr
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatism
- 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
Derived forms of pragmatismpragmatist, noun, adjectivepragmatistic, adjective
Medical definitions for pragmatism
Other words from pragmatismprag•mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.prag′ma•tist n.
Cultural definitions for pragmatism
An approach to philosophy, primarily held by American philosophers, which holds that the truth or meaning of a statement is to be measured by its practical (i.e., pragmatic) consequences. William James and John Dewey were pragmatists.