Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pragmatism revisited

Screenshot from this Youtube video

Pragmatism is the philosophy which says that it doesn't really matter if something is true, just that it's useful.

Well, I think it's nice if something is useful, but it also needs to be true. Truth which you haven't yet found a use for is still true. It just depends on your priorities, I guess. And it depends if your worldview revolves around a lie, making truth somewhat inconvenient for your side.

But, the bottom line is that which is pragmatic doesn't necessarily have to be a lie, even though being a lie doesn't disqualify it.

As writer Jim Davies pointed out in a recent comment, freedom can be pragmatic. And he once interviewed some fellows who made demonstrating this fact their work. That's the kind of pragmatism I can get behind.


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