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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 signs, rel…

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Vetter, Martin and Grube, Dirk-Martin, “Pragmatics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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