What Is Truth? An Essay in the Theory of Knowledge

What Is Truth? An Essay in the Theory of Knowledge

What Is Truth? An Essay in the Theory of Knowledge

What Is Truth? An Essay in the Theory of Knowledge

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In a volume published not long ago and entitled Essays in Critical Realism--a volume due to the collaboration of several writers--there was presented to the philosophical world a somewhat new analysis of the cognitive experience, centering about a conception to which, following Mr. Santayana's terminology, the name of "essence" was applied. Critics generally seem to have found the conception a difficult one, not wholly through their own fault. It was the intention of the writers to recommend primarily a certain empirical description of the knowing experience; and having called attention, in terms of what knowledge actually means to the knower, to one aspect in particular that had, as they thought, commonly been overlooked or misinterpreted, they preferred to leave the matter here, especially since they were by no means in agreement about the next step. Their critics for the most part have asked for something further, and in the absence of any explicit account of the more ultimate philosophical status of the essence they have, perhaps naturally, found the whole doctrine obscure. The main object of the present volume is to make an attempt to supply this lack. Unfortunately the writer has no reason to suppose that the particular interpretation here offered would find favor with his former colleagues.

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