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Pragmatism and Practical Rationality

Pragmatism and Practical Rationality Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 2004), 43-60 Editions Rodopi © 2004 Pragmatism views theory as embedded in our practices, and develops a normative methodology for evaluating our purposes. Neither theory nor practice are more fundamental: we evaluate practices for efficiently reaching ends, and we re-evaluate ends in light of the possible pursuits appropriate for flourishing human beings. Pragmatism's philosophical anthropology rejects the Humean prioritization of instrumentalist reason. Practical reason encompasses theoretical reasoning, without reducing truth to what is useful. While our warranted conclusions from inquiry are our only criterion for truth, the objective success of our practices and inquiries depend on interacting with nature, not on thought alone. 1. Functionalistic Pragmatism Pragmatism is an approach to philosophy that puts practice at center stage and sees efficacy in practical activities as a prime goal of human endeavor. But there are two markedly different ways of working out this sort of program. One way of implementing the idea of pragmatism is to see theory and theorizing as being incidental and secondary in importance -- a `merely intellectual' concern that has a less significant role in human affairs than do matters of action and praxis. This version of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Pragmatism and Practical Rationality

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 1 (1): 43 – Apr 21, 2004

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Brill
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© Copyright 2004 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000127
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 2004), 43-60 Editions Rodopi © 2004 Pragmatism views theory as embedded in our practices, and develops a normative methodology for evaluating our purposes. Neither theory nor practice are more fundamental: we evaluate practices for efficiently reaching ends, and we re-evaluate ends in light of the possible pursuits appropriate for flourishing human beings. Pragmatism's philosophical anthropology rejects the Humean prioritization of instrumentalist reason. Practical reason encompasses theoretical reasoning, without reducing truth to what is useful. While our warranted conclusions from inquiry are our only criterion for truth, the objective success of our practices and inquiries depend on interacting with nature, not on thought alone. 1. Functionalistic Pragmatism Pragmatism is an approach to philosophy that puts practice at center stage and sees efficacy in practical activities as a prime goal of human endeavor. But there are two markedly different ways of working out this sort of program. One way of implementing the idea of pragmatism is to see theory and theorizing as being incidental and secondary in importance -- a `merely intellectual' concern that has a less significant role in human affairs than do matters of action and praxis. This version of the

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Published: Apr 21, 2004

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