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PRAGMATISM

A theory that every truth has practical consequences that are the test of its truthfulness. Associated with the American philosopher William James, who defined the true as "only the expedient in our way of thinking." In religious terms, what justifies a creed or ritual is its ability to satisfy psychological needs and generate useful values for society.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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