Truth and Reality: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

Truth and Reality: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

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Truth and Reality: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

Truth and Reality: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

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It is my hope that this volume may serve a purpose as an introduction to the theory of knowledge. While we have pretentious works covering the field of logic and epistemology, we are not so well supplied with books giving a general survey of the main problems involved in the investigation of truth. The time seems peculiarly ripe for such an effort. In the bewildering amount of discussion and misunderstanding to which the pragmatic movement has led, there is need for fresh emphasis of the main issues. There is also need for building out the pragmatic theory in neglected directions. In a small way, this book tries to serve both purposes.

This book is intended to be used in connection with a course in elementary logic or as an introduction or sequel to it. It is hoped that its human interest will also make it available for the general philosophic reader and as an introduction to philosophy. To the cultured public, not technically trained in philosophy, the first and the last chapters may be of special interest.

My relation to the pragmatic movement will be clear enough in the course of the text. It may be of interest that the larger part of Chapter XVII, "The Reality of Religious Ideals," was given as a lecture at Harvard in 1899, practically before the movement had started. This direction of my thought was in part due to the influence of Fichte and Herrmann's Religionsphilosophie, in part to . . .

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