CheckPoint Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy

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Pragmatism is an American theoretical movement that was developed by Charles Sanders Peirce in the 1870s. Pragmatism argues  that the truth and meaning of an idea is directly related to its practical outcome. Other notable philosophers of pragmatism John  Dewey, whose work on educational and social theory is still evident in American society. Analytic philosophy was developed by  philosophers Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore in the early 1900s and received widespread attention in English-speaking countries  during the 20 th  century. Analytic philosophy emphasizes the use of logical argument, language analysis and scientific methods in  approaching ideas.   Pragmatism and analytic philosophy are uniquely American movements in that they drastically differ from the philosophy found in  Europe during the same period. Pragmatism and analytic philosophy are centered on a scientific approach to argument and 
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Unformatted text preview: analysis, whereas 19 th and 20 th century European philosophy, called continental philosophy and found in such countries as Germany and France, generally rejects scientific methods, preferring to view thought in the context of such factors as space, time, history, culture and language. Continental philosophers place importance on theory as well as practice, often viewing their philosophy in terms of individual, moral, or political transformation. Pragmatism and analytic philosophy tend to take scientific approaches by thoroughly breaking down a problem and methodically questioning it in a step-by-step process, while continental philosophy tends to place historical importance on philosophical argument, holding that philosophical thought must be viewed within its historical and cultural context, and uses both theory and practice in its views....
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