Jane Addams, “Pragmatic” Compromise, and Anti-War Pragmatism

The Pluralist 14 (1):102 (2019)

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it seems like it would be easy to be a pragmatist and difficult to be a pacifist. In the commonsense understanding of "pragmatism," the term is nearly synonymous with "compromise," and compromise is usually thought to involve denying one's ideals in order to get things done. This could be getting things done for what is believed to be the common good, and both dictators and utilitarians can be called pragmatists. If it is said that a pragmatist sacrifices her ideals for the sake of the greater good, this is a little misleading, since such sacrifice is merely an expression of one's natural disposition, and thus hardly tragic.On the other hand, "pacifism" is often understood to be a type of idealism, as the term is...
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