- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

A doctrine holding that truth and value can only be determined by practical application and consequences.

Longer explanation

Philosophy isn't usually described as ‘down to earth’, but pragmatism, which arose from the USA in the early twentieth century, attempts to get philosophers’ heads out of the clouds and into the real world where ...

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