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(2012) English and American studies, Stuttgart, Metzler.

Pragmatism and semiotics

Susanne Rohr

pp. 220-224

Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that originated in the United States in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It has many strains and variants, but all share a key tenet found in the "pragmatic maxim," which states that the meaning of a concept is determined by the practical consequences that its adoption might have, not by antecedent data. Thus meaning in pragmatism is always connected to a real-world context and to human action within it. Furthermore, pragmatism emphasizes the social character of human experience as well as the inherent creativity in human action.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-476-00406-2_12

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Rohr, S. (2012)., Pragmatism and semiotics, in M. Middeke, T. Müller, C. Wald & H. Zapf (eds.), English and American studies, Stuttgart, Metzler, pp. 220-224.

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