Meaning of instrumentalism

in•stru•men•tal•ism

Pronunciation: (in"stru-men'tl-iz"um), [key]
— n. Philos.
  1. the variety of pragmatism developed by John Dewey, maintaining that the truth of an idea is determined by its success in the active solution of a problem and that the value of ideas is determined by their function in human experience.
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