The Pragmatic Method: An Anti-Foundational Approach to Inquiry

anasuya agarwala


Abstract: This paper attempts to trace the origins, significance, and reach of the Pragmatic Method in epistemological inquiry.  In doing so, it shows pragmatism to be fundamentally anti-foundational and against the traditional methods of Western Philosophy. In examining the notion of Truth (as belief) by using Richard Rorty's version of Pragmatism, it attempts to show Pragmatism as anti-metaphysical and more grounded in its approach to questions of meaning.  


Foundationalism; correspondence; Rorty; biologistic tool; belief; anti-metaphysical epistemology; practice

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