|Hilliard, Lawrence||Pragmatism and the Presidency|
The essay diagnoses a prevailing philosophy of pragmatism that has dominated the thinking and influenced many areas of American society. In the current presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, pragmatism has found its perfect exemplar. The perfect philosophical marriage between this administration and the American public is as harmonious as Astarte and Marduk. It can be explained in the nature of William James’, John Dewey’s and C. S. Peirce’s redefinition of truth. The pragmatic language frame of Bill Clinton and the cognitive epithelium of a tolerant and accepting public are the tragic consequences of this carcinogenic philosophy. Within the framework of pragmatism, William Clinton would be classed as truthful, religious and faithful in word and deed.