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What philosophies are related/connected to Pragmatism?
    #8774368 - 08/14/08 06:56 PM (15 years, 9 months ago)

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Re: What philosophies are related/connected to Pragmatism? [Re: HoleSnype]
    #8774971 - 08/14/08 09:00 PM (15 years, 9 months ago)

Gosh I don't know.


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Re: What philosophies are related/connected to Pragmatism? [Re: HoleSnype]
    #8781222 - 08/16/08 07:11 AM (15 years, 9 months ago)

hey mate!

Pragmatism in and of itself can be its own philosophy, if you want to get into semantic debates that is :wink:. However I would suggest these for starters:

Post-structuralism
Post-modernism

These certain philosophical tools will get you into analysing and deconstructing the set 'norms'. I do not mean this in the basic "nothing is normal" argument because that leads almost nowhere.  Rather, it is about making the inferred connections that we as a society have put around ourselves for reasons of organisation and creating certain spaces.  This can be pragmatic in the sense that you  think outside your box and research out the genesis of a certain object.

For example:  look at an 'exit sign'  first thing you may notice is that it is (often) green.  How do you think the experience of that sign would change if it were the colour red instead?  It may go from a calming "you need to exit here" to "in case of an emergency leave here quickly!"  But don't stop there, ask yourself...why is it there? The answer may be obvious in that someone put it there, or that it needs to be there.  Further analysis may suggest that there are certain building codes that contractors must follow when making, say, a school.  This sign then 'points to' a whole bureaucracy that exists in which we organise our lives. In ways we often overlook as we pass by.

Look at different signs (these are the easiest to deconstruct). A no smoking sign for example.  who does it speak to?  smokers!  who else does it speak to?  non-smokers!  What kind of space does it create.  how does it make a person feel if they light up around a non-smoking sign?  where do they put no smoking signs?  what colours do they use? ect ect

Pragmatism is about matter of fact...what i illustrated up there is post structuralist philosophy used in a pragmatic way.  It may seem silly at first, but there are some interesting things you can find out if you ask the right questions!

Its about what is around you and how do certain things make you or others feel; or even better, what they are 'supposed' to make you feel.

There's tons of other types of philosophies and the theories about knowledge which are intensely engaging, but i will not travel further here.

hope that helps mate

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