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prag·ma·tism

(prăg′mə-tĭz′əm)
n.
1. 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 or truth value of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.
2. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.

prag′ma·tist n.
prag′ma·tis′tic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pragmatist - an adherent of philosophical pragmatism
realist - a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them
2.pragmatist - a person who takes a practical approach to problems and is concerned primarily with the success or failure of her actions
realist - a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly
Translations

pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] Npragmatista mf

pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] npragmatiste m/f

pragmatist

nPragmatiker(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
A third point, perhaps not quite so certain as our previous two, is that the truth of memory cannot be wholly practical, as pragmatists wish all truth to be.
William James figured there as well as "Weary Willie," and pragmatists alternated with pugilists in the long procession of its portraits.
It is important, I believe, for Wales to make sure that those people who are the pragmatists, who see the value of putting jobs first, receive support from ourselves as a Welsh Government in order to strengthen their hand in Whitehall.
When it comes to economic difficulties, pragmatists tend to achieve the best results.
A core problem with pragmatists, Mumford argues, is that they attach themselves so closely to science and social science that they have forgotten the modes of insight offered by theology and literature.
This change of heart is linked to a reassessment of what the classical pragmatists are doing.
What's more, the pragmatists hope that by taking practical understanding to be fundamental, we can then use it to ground our conceptually-mediated thoughts about the world.
For Bacon,as for Cheryl Misak, pragmatists are committed to a historical understanding of objectivity, knowledge without foundations, the importance of connecting concepts to everyday life.
Neither citizenry tolerates politicians who tell it like it is, pragmatists who might work with others to solve problems, incrementally.
Despite these significant recent writings, very few pragmatists have extended their work on hope to the realm of education, and it is this task that we take up here.
Women are natural pragmatists, as was shown by another survey out this week which said women are less likely to leave a man for bad sex than for not being understanding.