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Pragmatism and the Mass Public

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This article examines public opinion as it relates to the primary tenets of the pragmatic philosophy. Anti-foundationalism, fallibilism, and an emphasis on practical consequences are observed in American public opinion. In addition, there is strong support for pragmatic politics in America. The evidence suggests that pragmatism is a common cultural attribute in American society.

Affiliations: 1: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, richard.longoria@utrgv.edu

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2016-07-15
2018-06-24

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