SATURDAY, March 21, 2009 7:00 PM

The Menace of Pragmatism: How Aversion to Principle Is
Destroying America
By Tara Smith
Video Recorded December 8, 2008

Shouldn’t we be pragmatic?

While Americans disagree vehemently about all manner of moral and political
issues, beneath that disagreement rests the shared presumption that the way
forward is always through moderation and compromise. In intellectual
method–i.e., in our way of addressing problems and disagreements–Americans
are united as pragmatists. Contrary to pragmatism’s image of reason and
practical good sense, however, pragmatic methodology is actually

Dr. Tara Smith explains what pragmatism is and the countless ways it is
manifested across the cultural spectrum. She analyzes the major elements of
pragmatism’s appeal as well as its fundamental errors. Dr. Smith also surveys
the vast damage that pragmatic methods inflict, damage that is spiritual as
well as material. Finally, the lecture considers the most effective means of
dethroning this pervasive–and destructive–mindset.

© 2008 Ayn Rand Institute. All rights reserved.

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