Class Notes (839,313)
Canada (511,260)
Philosophy (1,300)
John Thorp (153)
Lecture

The Pragmatic Theory of Truth

4 Pages
113 Views

Department
Philosophy
Course Code
Philosophy 1020
Professor
John Thorp

This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full 4 pages of the document.
Description
Introduction to Philosophy The Pragmatic Theory of Truth #29 28 October 2011 - William James holds that truth is dynamic rather than static and is to be defined in terms of beliefs that are useful or satisfying - the truth is in process - still becoming and changing - yesterday's truth is today's falsehood and today's truth is tomorrow's half-truth What Pragmatism Means: - the pragmatic method is primarily a method of settling metaphysical disputes that otherwise might be interminable - is the world one or many? - fated or free? - material or spiritual? - here are nations either of which may or may not hold good of the world; and disputed over such notions are unending Pragmatism's conception of truth: - a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that is adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it - truth 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 - how will the truth be realized? - what experiences will be different from those which wouldn’t obtain if the belief were false? - pragmatism asks these questions - true ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate and verify - false ideas are those that we cannot - therefore for it is all that truth is known-as - truth happens to an idea - it becomes true, is made true by events - its verity is in fact an event, itself, its veri-ficitonal - its validity is the process of its valid-action - the possession of true thoughts means everywhere the possession of invaluable instruments of actions; and that our duty to gain truth, so far from being a blank command from out of the blue, or a "stunt" self-imposed by our intellect, can account for itself by excellent practical reasons - the truth of a state of mind means this function of a leading that is worth while - when a moment in our experience inspires us with a thought that is true, that means that sooner or later we dip by that thought's guidance into the particulars of experience again and make advantageous connation with them - by "realties" or "objects" here, we mean either things of common sense, sensibly present, or else common-sense relations, such as dates, places, distances, kinds, activities - such simply and fully verified leading are certainly the original and prototypes of the truth-process - experience offers indeed other forms of truth-process, but they are all conceivable as being primary verifications arrested, multiplied or substituted one for another - if truths mean verification process essentially, ought we then to call such unverified truths as this abortive? - where circumstantial evi
More Less
Unlock Document

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit