Pragmatism: The new age philosophy
January 31, 2009

Consider what President Obama had to say about the size of government in his inaugural address. It signaled the rise of pragmatism as a new-age philosophy in the world stage. Not that it did not exist before, but never before has a leader of any consequence declared it in the grandest stage as the basis for taking decisions and made to sound virtuous about it.

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end…”

 

Dictionary.com defines the word ‘pragmatism‘ thus:

(philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value

 

By definition it means the absence of any principles. It means taking some ‘arbitrary actions’ having no relation with moral values. The thing that decides what actions to take, is an assumption that it might work, or it might attain the necessary goals. Because, in the absence of any principles, it is absolutely impossible to have any concrete basis to hope that it will work.

 

Rational capitalist, has two excellent posts on the topic.

 

The desire to “compromise with anybody on anything” is the hallmark of the pragmatist and such a desire necessitates contradiction
 

      Pragmatism primed consists of being so disintegrated intellectually that in addition to dispensing with principles in favor of that “which works” you dismiss the possibility of being able to determine if the action does indeed “work”.

      Advertisements