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Pragmatism is the name given to a philosophical trend which appeared in the U. S. A. towards the end of the 19th century. Its founder was Charles Saunders Peirce (1839–1914) and its most important representatives William James (1842–1910), who helped to make it widely known, and John Dewey (1859–1952), whose long activity ensured its continuing influence. Pragmatism is the first great original American contribution to Western philosophy. It began by being a method of logical analysis, i.e., of e…

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Clemens Schoonbrood, “Pragmatism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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