Pragmatism As An American Philosophy Essay

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Pragmatism is generally viewed as an American philosophy that developed in the later part of the nineteenth century. Pragmatism comes from the greek word pragma which means work. Pragmatisms feel that teaching how to problem solve is the way to go instead of the standard sit in a desk and teach, then give a comprehensive test. Pragmatists are action oriented, experientially grounded, and will generally pose questions such as “What will work to achieve my desired end?” They want to spark the imagination and problem solving aspects of the students mind.
According to (CITE HERE) the actual definition to pragmatism is “Philosophy a movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of the idea or proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.” The founders of thought according (cite here) are Sanders Pierce (1839-1914), William James (1842- 1910), and John Dewy (1859- 1952). However there are some thoughts that that early European philosophers might have also been considered pragmatist, such as Frances Bacon, Jhon Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. These are the people that started the idea of pragmatism. The roots of pragmatism can be traced back to an English philosopher named Francis Bacon (1561- 1626). Francis had issues with the conventional ways of thinking and solving problems. He was looking for ways to persuade people to use a more…

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