PHI 105 Week 3 Day 3 Assignment CheckPoint

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PHI 105 Week 3 Day 3 Assignment : CheckPoint Pragmatism is known as the United States contribution to philosophy. In general terms pragmatics rejected the idea that there is a fixed, absolute truth. What they believed was that truth is relative to time and place and therefore is ever changing. At the same time that the United States philosophers were looking at ideas such as truth and instrumentalism the European philosophers were dealing with religious anti-idealism and existentialism. One of the European ideas was existentialism, meaning philosophy must focus on the individual and his or her confrontation with the world; the world is irrational; the world is absurd; and that the human existence gives birth to dread, anxiety, self-doubt and despair. The existentialists do not guarantee that this “predicament” can be solved, what they do say is
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Unformatted text preview: without honesty to confront these human problems life can only deteriorate and that the individual will find no meaning or value in life. On the contrary in the United States John Dewey’s idea of pragmatism is known as instrumentalism, according to which the forms of human activity, including thoughts, are instruments used by people to solve practical problems. In this view thinking is not a search for truth but an activity aimed at solving individual and social problems. This view allows humans to strive to achieve a satisfactory, or happy, relationship with their surroundings. While both theories pose positives and negatives I would like to think that the United States pragmatism is a more enlightening and positive approach....
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course PHI 105 105 taught by Professor Larrywaggle during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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