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pragmatism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pragmatism the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
    • n pragmatism (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pragmatism The quality or state of being pragmatic; in literature, the pragmatic, or philosophical, method. "The narration of this apparently trifling circumstance belongs to the pragmatism of the history."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pragmatism Pragmatical character or conduct; officiousness; busy impertinence.
    • n pragmatism In history, same as pragmatic method. See pragmatic, a.
    • n pragmatism In philosophy, a method of thought, a general movement or tendency of thought, and a specific school, in which stress is placed upon practical consequences and practical values as standards for explicating philosophic conceptions and as tests for determining their value and, especially, their truth. The word is used in a variety of senses, of greater or less breadth and definiteness. The following meanings of the term are arranged in the order of descending generality: An attitude of mind, namely that of “looking away from first things, principles, 'categories, supposed necessities, and of looking toward last things, fruits, consequences, facts.” W. James, Pragmatism, a New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, p. 55.
    • n pragmatism A theory of the nature of truth, namely, that the correspondence between fact and idea which constitutes truth consists in the power of the idea in question to work satisfactorily, or to produce the results intended by it.
    • n pragmatism A metaphysical theory regarding the nature of reality, namely that it is still in process of making, and that human ideas and efforts play a fundamental rôle in its making: the equivalent of humanism as a metaphysical term.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pragmatism activity: earnestness: meddlesomeness
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. pragmatikospragmapragmatos, deed—prassein, to do.

Usage

In literature:

Some pragmatical seventeenth century lawyer, I suppose.
"A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Called you pragmatical, Nick?
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
This hath given the former such an air of superiority, and made the latter so pragmatical, that neither of them are well to be endured.
"The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift
The historians of the Renaissance period simply reverted to the ancient pragmatical view.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
A detestable, pragmatical, domineering girl!
"The Clever Woman of the Family" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Thus Paul's postulate of Adam as the natural man was pragmatically true: it worked.
"Preface to Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Thus pragmatical belief has degrees, varying in proportion to the interests at stake.
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant
He fancied he was verging more and more toward pragmatism.
"Flappers and Philosophers" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
And the spirit of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century was distinctly pragmatic.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
People become much more pragmatic.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
He never made foolish remarks, although not in the slightest degree uncomfortably precocious or pragmatical.
"Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia" by William John Wills
Pragmatism in economic theory, 41-42, 93, 96-97, 98-99, 553, 571-72.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
His greatest fame is in philosophy, where he is regarded as the founder of pragmatism.
"Development of Gravity Pendulums in the 19th Century" by Victor Fritz Lenzen and Robert P. Multhauf
Right is pragmatic, which I suppose is the same thing as practical.
"The High Heart" by Basil King
The correct approach here is psychological and pragmatic.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin
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In news:

Fabio Capello's decision to quit as England coach might just be another example of the pragmatism that has defined his managerial career.
President Obama's campaign announced late Monday that it will embrace the top super PAC supporting Obama's reelection campaign, in what amounts to the latest example of the president embracing political pragmatism over principle.
Pragmatism trumps democracy in Congo.
Will auto union pragmatism help strike a deal.
The pragmatic response of many pharma IT groups is to create 'frameworks' to guide iPad development.
Pragmatism, Purity, and the Debt.
Was sticking with Mubarak a pragmatic, realistic option.
Pragmatism Influencing Energy Debates.
For Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a history of pragmatism over partisanship.
For tea party, midterms present a choice between ideals, pragmatism .
If " pragmatic " is the highest praise one can offer in DC these days, "ideological" is perhaps the sharpest slur.
Annan's Principled Pragmatism The Nation.
In the lack of a widely accepted standard a pragmatic solution is to convert content among the existing formats.
But with pragmatism, the way I practice it, the art creates change in the world, not just you.
It's a combination of technical knowhow, pragmatism, down-to-earth humor, and big-picture thinking.
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In science:

These added dynamics, in addition to complicated requirements for invertibility, have restricted the pragmatic use of deformations when modeling processes in more than one dimension.
Estimating deformations of isotropic Gaussian random fields on the plane
Thus, from a pragmatic perspective, we believe complexity could be relevant in a practical situation where relatively many given exercises might need to be carefully adapted to fit in an e-Learning environment.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
Measurement can be modeled by nonlocal pro jection operators such as a† g |0ih0|ag, exactly as is commonly the practice in quantum optics, and adopting a pragmatic restriction to positive frequencies, instead of modeling measurement by local operators such as ˆφf .
Lie random fields
Here we adopt this procedure pragmatical ly, i.e. without discussing any detail, while, to keep the paper self-contained, we postpone to Appendix B the list of some basic facts of this approach.
Stock markets and quantum dynamics: a second quantized description
We hold that from some stage onwards the theory of instruction sequences needs to make use of a pragmatic theory of interfaces.
A progression ring for interfaces of instruction sequences, threads, and services
The pragmatic challenges in dealing with Dirac brackets and the progress in handling gauge theories have led to a change of viewpoint.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
This means that the suspension of the symmetrization postulates that sometimes occurs in the physics literature, for instance when spatially isolated systems are subjected to position measurements, is only pragmatically justi fied.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
It is true that as long as we only consider observables that commute with position, we shall not find any predictions that differ from those found from Eq. (2), and this yields a pragmatic justi fication for using (3).
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
Our choice for tdiff in Fig. 4(a) is a pragmatic one: it is the period when most filaments start fading from pure black to intermediate gray.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
Given a choice between an exact theory and one that can be expressed entirely in terms of local potential functions, there are pragmatic arguments supporting either alternative.
Nonlocal potentials in independent-electron models
Note that we are chiefly concerned with the effect of EOS at high densities, and this pragmatic treatment does not have any significant influence on the shock dynamics.
Postbounce evolution of core-collapse supernovae: Long-term effects of equation of state
This suggests that we try a more pragmatic way of finding an approximate expression for the full Cooperon: inspired by the insight from Paper I (Sec.
Decoherence in weak localization II: Bethe-Salpeter calculation of Cooperon
Dialogue Manager: It evaluates the knowledge extracted by the pragmatics component to determine the current state of the dialogue.
Towards a PURE Spoken Dialogue System for Information Access
At hadron densities of one per cubic fermi or equivalent quark densities even the pragmatic question from which single-particle base to start (hadrons or quarks) is not easily answered.
Collective flow and QCD phase transition
The obstacle in that pragmatic approach is the fact that there is no corresponding transport equation at all which can be derived from (2.15).
Towards a test particle description of transport processes for states with continuous mass spectra
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