I used to think I was a pragmatic person. I think I'm a fairly analytical thinker that prioritizes practicability above all else.
But I began to think otherwise after I learned about praxis, or practice. It does not need to be qualified by any conditions, such as being moral. It merely is an action that occurs.
The process of praxis seems to be a guerilla-warfare definition of pragmatism. Rather than focusing on cause-and-effect, the term suggests a type of iterative reasoning. Following action is reflection, iterative adjustment, and then further action.
Unlike pragmatism, acting according to which requires the consideration of pre-existing epistemology and ethical values, praxis does away with opinions, consent, and agreement.
This seems radical, but demonstration as a dominant form of discourse, over the application of any absolute standard, would eliminate the need for argumentation of the speculative.
In the context of education, praxis is embodied by Montessori schools,which heralds a model of educational discovery, rather than didactic teaching. Through the cycle of action-reflection-iterated action, children learn from their experiences.
Rather than following institution or dogma, praxis allows learners to infer general laws from particular instances in their life.
I used to think I was a pragmatic person, but recently my decisions have been won over by the allure of praxis. It reminds me that, just like contemplation, action itself is also a virtue.