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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.
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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
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pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] Npragmatista mf
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pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] npragmatiste m/f
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pragmatist

nPragmatiker(in) m(f)
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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.
The Philosophy of Gesture: Completing Pragmatists' Incomplete Revolution.
Honey and Mumford proposed a classification of learning styles into activists, reflectors, theorists, and pragmatists for all types of learners6.
(24) For another, the pragmatists were extraordinarily diverse in their interests: Peirce primarily concerned with logic, semiotics, theory of inquiry, metaphysics, and philosophy of science; James more focused on philosophy of religion, ethics, and philosophy of mind; Dewey tackling all of these and adding philosophy of education, political philosophy and, albeit relatively briefly, philosophy of law, (25) to the list; and Mead passing through the pragmatist corridor to open the door to a new discipline, social psychology, and make his important contributions to our understanding of our distinctive human mindedness.
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.
Obvious affinities exist between elements of the work of, for example, Michael Oakeshott, and philosophical pragmatists like John Dewey.
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.
But Preludes to Pragmatism will appeal even to pragmatists with little interest in the specific problems it discusses because it demonstrates something important about the state of pragmatism.
His vehicle is to show how claims advanced by self-professed bio-regionalists might be used to address critiques that Robyn Eckersley has levelled against environmental pragmatists. Booth also demonstrates the compatibility of bioregionalist thought with Bryan Norton's views on local places and community values.
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.