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  • Pragmatism Trump Principle

    I personally think that Pragmatism is the practical and logical way of doing things. Often pragmatism coincides with principle- our logic is governed in part by the principles we hold. However, there comes a point when it becomes more important to do something practically instead of holding to a principle. For instance, if a doctor has a patient who has a slim chance of making it, he can be pragmatic and cease treatment and save money and suffering, or he can hold to the principle that they should never give up.

  • Pragmatism should trump principles

    Pragmatism is the practical and logical way of doing things. Often pragmatism coincides with principle- our logic is governed in part by the principles we hold. However, there comes a point when it becomes more important to do something practically instead of holding to a principle. For instance, if a doctor has a patient who has a slim chance of making it, he can be pragmatic and cease treatment and save money and suffering, or he can hold to the principle that they should never give up.

  • Principle Should Trump Pragmatism

    Pragmatism means "going along to get along". It means to go where the crowd goes. Another way to look at it - mob rule. Is it noble to be a nation of laws rooted in principles that define how a society should act, or a nation of men, ever changing according to the whim of the majority at any given moment, allowed to do what it wants to do, when it wants to, to whom it wants to. Can a society unpinioned by a code of ethics long endure. I do not think so.

  • Principles are what guide us.

    Principles are what stop atrocities. An easy example is the infamous story of an American GI that gunned down some recently captured German soldiers after the invasion of France at Normandy - a moment that was re-enacted in the HBO series "Band of Brothers." We look at that and know, no matter what, those surrendered soldiers deserved proper treatment. It was pragmatic to kill them rather than to keep them under guard - but it was not human.

  • Pragmatism should not trump principle.

    Pragmatism should not trump principle. Pragmatism suggests that the greatest good should be done for the greatest number of people. This philosophy is only advantageous for the most common types of people, and leaves people who are poor at a disadvantage. Principle should trump pragmatism because in Principle all people should be treated the same.

  • No pragmatism should not over rule a person's principles

    The concept of pragmatism should not overrule a person's principles and ethical beliefs. Doing what is right and proper should be relegated to the bottom of an agenda in order maintain a pragmatic view of a person's personal life or work situation. You don't have to cave in on your personal beliefs just to have pragmatic view of life.


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