Definitions for pragmaticismprægˈmæt əˌsɪz əm

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word pragmaticism

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prag•mat•i•cismprægˈmæt əˌsɪz əm(n.)

  1. (n.)the pragmatist philosophy of C. S. Peirce, chiefly a theory of meaning: so called by him to distinguish it from the pragmatism of William James.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of pragmaticism:



  1. Pragmaticism

    Pragmaticism is a term used by Charles Sanders Peirce for his pragmatic philosophy starting in 1905, in order to distance himself and it from pragmatism, the original name, which had been used in a manner he did not approve of in the "literary journals". Peirce in 1905 announced his coinage "pragmaticism", saying that it was "ugly enough to be safe from kidnappers". Today, outside of philosophy, "pragmatism" is often taken to refer to a compromise of aims or principles, even a ruthless search for mercenary advantage. Peirce gave other or more specific reasons for the distinction in a surviving draft letter that year and in later writings. Peirce's pragmatism, that is, pragmaticism, differed in Peirce's view from other pragmatisms by its commitments to the spirit of strict logic, the immutability of truth, the reality of infinity, and the difference between actively willing to control thought, to doubt, to weigh reasons, and willing not to exert the will, willing to believe. In his view his pragmatism is, strictly speaking, not itself a whole philosophy, but instead a general method for the clarification of ideas. He first publicly formulated his pragmatism as an aspect of scientific logic along with principles of statistics and modes of inference in his "Illustrations of the Logic of Science" series of articles in 1877-8.


Find a translation for the pragmaticism definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these pragmaticism definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pragmaticism." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for pragmaticism?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pragmaticism: