[Reading Group] "Pragmatism, or How to Think in An Uncertain World"

  • Brett Mommersteeg (Co-Organiser)
  • Fadi Shayya (Co-Organiser)
  • Stylianos Zavos (Co-Organiser)
  • Amy Hanley (Participant)
  • Sabine Hansmann (Participant)
  • Rodrigo Tavares (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch


Pragmatism carries a lot of baggage. ‘To be pragmatic’ often connotes a mode of Realpolitik: to act sensibly and practically, thus to eschew idealism. Avoiding the connotations of being apolitical (as ‘pragmatism’ is often understood negatively) and discarding a facile misunderstanding of pragmatism, pragmatism allows us to address what it really means to act / think ‘sensibly’ and ‘practically.’ Pragmatism is a method grounded in the empirical and focuses on the effects, consequences or ‘practical difference’ that ideas have. 

In a world of flux and uncertainty, pragmatism functions as a tool, an instrument for prediction and problem-solving. There is no reality of facts out there for thought to correspond or agree with, so we have inquiries, experiments; we conduct trials to see what holds.

Period27 Jan 20172 Jun 2017
Event typeOther
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal