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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 7 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Pragmatism states "people are the agents of their own destinies." It was used by "reformers, misfits, and geniuses" to get God back into the human equation. It was against systems but was not individualistic in thought. It did not favor laissez-faire even though it came from statistics originally. It was used by many to change the way people viewed the different races and helped redefine philosophy to keep a place in science.

There are two problems within the philosophy of pragmatism. One is that it does not take into account the interests of a person. The other problem is that human wants can cause people to change their decision-making process.

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