Pragmatism

| May 28, 2015

Discussion Question: Pragmatism

 

William James and functionalism were important influences on the development of American Pragmatism. Pragmatism focuses on evaluating an idea by its usefulness or outcome. Theory and technique are de-emphasized. This view still dominates much of American psychology. In what ways do you think this has been either a positive influence or a negative influence on psychology? Substantiate your response with examples.

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