Digest of terms

pragmatism

in everyday usage this is a mindset which opts for what is most easily achieved with minimum of direct hurt - a readiness to compromise. It is contrasted with any approach which wishes to give decisive weighting to ideals and objectives which are less easily met (absolutism). More formally, Pragmatism is expounded as a distinctive philosophy by the likes of William James and John Dewey in North America. It emphasises contextual considerations in making moral judgements, and readiness to rethink and change positions as circumstances evolve. What works out most effectively in practice is taken to be the criterion of rightness.

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