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Can someone explain * pragmatism to me?

ShabShoral
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8/6/2015 10:51:53 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Doesn't the statement "that which is moral is that which is useful" rely on the fact that "that which is useful" is already identified? Don't you need a standard of morality to determine usefulness in the first place? If so, how does pragmatism add anything to moral understanding, since it only makes sense if one has already adopted a moral code that has primacy over it?

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8/7/2015 4:59:35 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Pragmatism is a broad philosophical movement, but most forms center around the idea that a proposition is true if and only if it "works" and that a proposition's true meaning can only be determined through the consequences of actively applying or trying it. True, meaningful ideas should be accepted while those ideas which don't work, aren't meaningful, and are impractical should be rejected.

Pragmatic atheism thus finds that the proposition "at least one god exists" is false and/or meaningless because the application of such a proposition to one's life does not "work" " or at least does not create any meaningful difference in one's life as opposed to not applying it. If there's no practical difference between believing and not believe in any gods, then there's no practical difference between the existence and non-existence of any gods. Therefore, atheism should be adopted for purely pragmatic reasons.