The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to "Pragmatism"

The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to "Pragmatism"

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The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to "Pragmatism"

The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to "Pragmatism"

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The pivotal part of my book named Pragmatism is its account of the relation called 'truth ' which may obtain between an idea (opinion, belief, statement, or what not) and its object. 'Truth,' I there say, 'is a property of certain of our ideas. It means their agreement, as falsity means their disagreement, with reality. Pragmatists and intellectualists both accept this definition as a matter of course.

'Where our ideas [do] not copy definitely their object, what does agreement with that object mean ? ... Pragmatism asks its usual question. " Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, " what concrete difference will its being true make in any one's actual life ? What experiences [may] be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? How will the truth be realized ? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?" The moment pragmatism asks this question, it sees the answer: True ideas are those that we . . .

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