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instrumentalism


instrumentalism


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instrumentalism  \In`stru*men"tal*ism\,  n.  (Philos.) 
  The  view  that  the  sanction  of  truth  is  its  utility,  or  that 
  truth  is  genuine  only  in  so  far  as  it  is  a  valuable 
  instrument.  --  {In`stru*men"tal*ist},  n. 
 
  Instrumentalism  views  truth  as  simply  the  value 
  belonging  to  certain  ideas  in  so  far  as  these  ideas  are 
  biological  functions  of  our  organisms,  and 
  psychological  functions  whereby  we  direct  our  choices 
  and  attain  our  successes.  --Josiah 
  Royce.