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Pragmatics
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I. Philosophy of Religion and Fundamental Theology

In modern philosophy, the term pragmatics (from Gk τὸ πρᾶγμα/tó prágma, “action, act, thing”) denotes both purposive and object-oriented cognition and action.

Departing from the usage of I. Kant, who understood the adjective pragmatisch instrumentally (e.g. Kritik der reinen Vernunft, 1781, B 834f.; ET: Critique of Pure Reason, 1881), semiotics follows in the footsteps of C.S. Peirce’s triadic theory of sig…

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Vetter, Martin and Grube, Dirk-Martin, “Pragmatics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024442>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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