Charles Sanders Peirce
In 1873, in a Metaphysical Club in Cambridge, Mass., I used to preach this principle as a sort of logical gospel... and in conversation about it I called it “Pragmatism.”
No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude of orientation is what the pragmatic method means. The attitude of looking away from first things, principles, 'categories,' supposed necessities; and of looking towards last things, fruits, consequences, facts.
Communication is uniquely instrumental and uniquely final. It is instrumental as liberating us from the otherwise overwhelming pressure of events and enabling us to live in a world of things that have meaning. It is final as a sharing in the objects and arts precious to a community, a sharing whereby meanings are enhanced, deepened and solidified in the sense of communion.