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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Pragmaticism is a term coined by C. S. Pierce in 1905 to denote his own version of pragmatism.

explanatory context

Pierce adopted the term when other philosophers appropriated and widened the sense of the term pragmatism, which Pierce had coined.

analytical review

Atkin (undated) explains:

The early pragmatism of C.S. Peirce developed through the work of James and Dewey in the U.S.A, and F.C.S. Schiller in Great Britain. Peirce, however, remained unhappy with both his early formulations and the developments made by fellow pragmatists. This lead him, in later life, to refine his own earlier account and rename it "pragmaticism" in order to distinguish it from other more "nominalistic" versions.

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Researching the Real World Section


Atkin, A., nd, 'Charles Sanders Peirce: pragmatism', Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, available at, accessed 12 June 2019.

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