pragmatism

pragmatism
   A distinctly American philosophy, pragmatism emerged in Charles Peirce's development and defence of pragmatic efficacy as a criterion for discerning the meaning of words. According to Peirce, meaning can be found in the conceivable effects that a particular assertion might have on life. As a result, statements that have no conceivable effect are dismissed as nonsense. While Peirce did not apply pragmatism beyond these relatively narrow confines, William James retooled pragmatism as a theory of truth. Hence, in Pragmatism James makes the claim that truth is whatever is good or useful in belief. Christian philosophers have generally been critical of pragmatism given that it fails to recognise nature and truth as the objective ground of pragmatic efficacy.
   Further reading: Goodman 1995; James 1981; Rorty 1982

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