THOUGH the philosophical movement which is known as Pragmatism is thought to be a distinctly American product of the late nineteenth century, it has fairly deep roots in the history of philosophy. In one form, indeed, it may be said to go back to Protagoras. It was, however, the American philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce, who introduced the term ‘pragmatism’ into philosophical literature: and he was the first to develop Pragmatism into a comprehensive system.


Late Nineteenth Century Deep Root Comprehensive System Philosophical Literature Geodetic Survey 
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© A. J. Ayer 1968

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  • A. J. Ayer
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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