Can someone explain to me in simple terms what pragmatism and existentialism are?

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July 19, 2019 / By Marinda
Question: I need to know which I am for an essay due tomorrow...I felt like I was a mix between scientific realist and existentialist but is that sort of pragmatism?
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Kristen Kristen | 5 days ago
Pragmatism, I believe, was a movement in American philosophy that argues that a statement is true if it produced positive results. For example, a pragmatist might argue that we might as well think freewill exists b/c if it does not exist then moral responsibility does not exist. In other worlds, philosophy is only useful when applied to benefit actual life. William James was a pragmatist. Existentialism was a post world war II movement that dealt with issues of every day living. An existentialist might ask, "What does it mean to be," or "What is the purpose of life." Because these are ordinary questions, many existential novels revolved around the everyday lives of average people opposed to royalty or the rich. Though existentialism is often associated with finding a meaning to life in a secular society, some existentialists were religious. hope that helps:)!
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Kristen Originally Answered: Can someone please explain a brompton cocktail in simple terms?
A Brompton cocktail (also know as a Brompton mixture) is a "cocktail" of multiple drugs given to people with severe pain. The specific drugs were not always the same and over many years doctors would use different cocktails. However generally speaking the cocktail had an opioid (typically morphine or diamorphine (diamorphine is Heroin- still used medically in The UK), cocaine, an antiemetic (chlorpromazine or prochlorperazine), alcohol, and potentially marijuana. The reason the drug were combined was to give better quality of life and better care. Opioids commonly cause nausea thus adding an antiemetic would help those symptoms. In addition antiemetics tend to have synergistic effects with opioids- increasing analgesia. Cocaine was used for several reasons, (1) The cocaine helped keep the patient more wake and alert. (2) Stimulants like cocaine have some synergetic effects with opioids to make them even more effective. (3) Cocaine reduced any depression, apathy, hopelessness. (4) By using cocaine larger doses of morphine or another opioid could be used without causing profound sedation or even sleep (thus increasing quality of life and allowing more flexibility in pain control). Marijuana was used for its antiemetic and analgesic effects. Many different combinations have been used such as using methadone, hydromorphone, or oxymorphone. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has been used in place of other antiemetics. And often amphetamines, primarily dextroamphetamine, were used instead of cocaine. Around 1980 The Brompton cocktail was no longer used. However it not uncommon for a person with severe pain (typically from cancer) to take an opioid, an antiemetic, an amphetamine, and a sedative/hypnotic like Valium (diazepam). Typically these are used in pill form and it is typically not viewed in the same way as the liquid Brompton cocktail. Although the name Brompton cocktail is gone the idea of using multiple drugs to enhance each other, to reduce each others side effects, and provide a higher quality of life is normal treatment. It got its name from The Royal Brompton Hospital in London where it was initially used.
Kristen Originally Answered: Can someone please explain a brompton cocktail in simple terms?
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Jazmine Jazmine
Pragmatism is simply practicality. Theories and distinctions are tools, unnecessary things are unnecessary. An existentialist is someone who decides to define his own meaning in life for the same reason a nihilist hates life and complains about it (namely, life has no inherent meaning, and we're insignificant)
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Faith Faith
o dear, i can`t stand it...`nite y`all... LMHO p.s., I sincerely apologise..it would have been just my luck to have gotten arrested for uncontrolled laughter without a license. Will some good other phil`s please answer this person?
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Faith Originally Answered: Could somebody please explain US debt and budget deficit in simple terms?
a) I know what debt means, but what does it REALLY mean and what is US debt consist off? The US debt consists of Treasury bonds which range in maturity from 90 days to 30 years. Much of this debt is owned by Americans but a growing pile is owned by foreigners. b) What does it actually mean when America print money to buy its debt via bonds, from who? The "print money" is a metaphor as this is all done electronically and there doesn't need to be actual paper cash. But the Federal Reserve can offer to buy bonds in the market place for bonds. If there is a seller of bonds, the Federal Reserve wires money into the sellers bank account and the seller wires the bond to the Federal Reserve (note that the Federal Reserve didn't issue the bond, that was the Treasury and the Fed and the Treasury are different. If it's confusing that one branch of govt can owe money to another branch of the govt, then welcome to the American shell game). The money put in the sellers bank account is good old American green and can be spent like any other money. The Fed just created this money out of thin air. The big sellers of bonds are major bond dealers which consist of 30 or so large banks including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, etc. c) Why is raising debt ceiling bad if US can print more money to pay debt while keeping inflation low? You must be a Democrat. Raising the debt ceiling is bad without some plan for how we are going to stop borrowing more money. Eventually this debt has to be either repaid or made managable by increasing inflation. Inflation is bad. Taxing the bejeezus out of my children to pay for wars 20 years gone by is bad. The only reason that we can print more money and keep inflation low is that the economy is in the doldrums now so nobody is spending any of that money we created. If the economy picks up, that money can bite us in the butt. Having a robust and healthy economy is good. d) I'm pretty confused Most Americans are. Edit: RJ was doing fine above until that last paragraph where the wheels fell off. QEx has nothing to do with keeping bond prices up and everything to do with expanding the money supply to stimulate the economy. The reason they are buying bonds is that normal open market operations failed. There is no chance that QEx represents a "money shuffle". It represents a gigantic infusion of cash into the economy. The US govt doesn't want to "pull money off the table", it wants to put huge piles of money on the table. QEx is a wildly expansionary program. Lastly, the US govt doesn't buy corporate debt or swap it for govt debt, now or ever. Edit 2: John's "When they print money to buy back their debt they are increasing debt in order to inject more cash into the economy." is simply not true. The Fed didn't borrow a dime for QE1 or QE2. And "Whether you have a debt or not doesn't actually mean anything on the national level as the money is all fiat currency anyways and only has value by decree" is just stupid. It's inflation or real productivity expended to repay it. Which is worse?

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