chapter  3
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PEIRCE AND THE PRAGMATIC MAXIM The spirit of pragmatism

THE SPIRIT OF PRAGMATISM We have seen a tendency toward pragmatism in the work of Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Neurath. The left wing of logical positivism in the end embraced two themes of pragmatism: an epistemology which made pragmatic virtues such as utility and simplicity relevant to theory choice and the thought that truth is something like corroboration. This is unsurprising, for the thought at the very heart of pragmatism is the verificationist idea-our philosophical theories must be connected to experience and practice.