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A theory of pragmatism holding that ideas and theories are instruments that function as guides for action or prediction, their validity determined by their degree of success rather than any criterion of truth.
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1. (Philosophy) a system of pragmatic philosophy holding that ideas are instruments, that they should guide our actions and can change the world, and that their value consists not in their truth but in their success
2. (Philosophy) an antirealist philosophy of science that holds that theories are not true or false but are merely tools for deriving predictions from observational data
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in•stru•men•tal•ism(ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm)
a variety of pragmatism maintaining that the truth of an idea is determined by its success in the active solution of a problem and that the value of ideas is determined by their function in human experience.
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a pragmatic philosophy holding that it is the function of thought to be a means to the control of environment, and that the value and truthfulness of ideas is determined by their usefulness in human experience or progress. — instrumentalist, n., adj.See also: Philosophy
the concept that ideas and thoughts are instruments of action and that their usefulness determines their truth. — instrumentalist, adj.See also: Ideas
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|Noun||1.||instrumentalism - a system of pragmatic philosophy that considers idea to be instruments that should guide our actions and their value is measured by their success|
pragmatism - (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
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