Pragmatism and the Keep-it-Simple Stupid Paradigm

From my article ‘American Pragmatism Comes to Roost in Donald Trump‘:

“…a hallmark of the pragmatic orientation has been to evacuate questions of ultimate meaning as we address only the question ‘What works?’ When one becomes animated by this type of radical pragmatism, the result is to gloss over the ambiguities and confusions that are inextricably bound up with life in the real world, and instead to propose grand narratives that reduce all problems to a single cause or set of causes. Within the calculus of this reality-is-simple paradigm, compromise becomes delegitimized while opposing opinions are demonized.”

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