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Pragmatism comes with an approach of understanding the world and solving world problems that optimizes for the result. Gaining experience first, later (if anytime) abstracting that into a theory - a shared sign with empiricism.

From a point of a rationalist scientist this is a bit barbarian - one is not seeking the eternal truths, one does not need internal theory beauty - one only cares about the (applied) results. Like a barbarian will use all available means to gain power, not really trying to understand why the means (or tools) are good.

On the other hand, we are all clueless in many ways, so the fact that some even call themselves pragmatic should not surprise anyway. At the end, it is useful to be aware of the actual stand one's taking and the differences between rationalistic and pragmatic point of view, just like Dijkstra did in his Two sides essay.

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