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1. Origin

American pragmatism arose as an effort to oppose both scientism and academic philosophy by holding together the world of practical effects with the world of critical reasoning.

2. Development

The word “pragmatism” first appeared in an 1878 paper by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Peirce asked about the practical conditions that make a term meaningful and then answered: A term’s meaning is the operation one performs and the experie…

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Greene, David B., “Pragmatism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.131>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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