The Meaning of Truth: A Sequel to 'Pragmatism' [NOOK Book]

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The Meaning of Truth

A Sequel to 'Pragmatism'

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 ...

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Overview

The Meaning of Truth

A Sequel to 'Pragmatism'

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 CAN ASSIMILATE, VALIDATE, CORROBORATE, AND VERIFY. FALSE IDEAS ARE THOSE THAT WE CANNOT. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas; that therefore is the meaning of truth, for it is all that truth is known as.

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James (1842-1910), an early champion of pragmatic American philosophy, answered critics of the chapter on truth in his 1907 by synthesizing all had ever written about the topic into a book published by Longmans, Green in 1907. Dover reproduces the 1932 reprint. There is neither index nor bibliography. Cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • BN ID: 2940025428503
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1909 volume
  • File size: 346 KB

Meet the Author

Fredson Bowers is Linden Kent Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.

Ignas K. Skrupskelis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Foreword


Introduction by H.S. Thayer


The Meaning of Truth


Notes


A Note on the Editorial Method


The Text of The Meaning of Truth


Apparatus


Emendations


Textual Notes


Historical Collation


Alternations in the Manuscripts


Word-Division


Appendixes


1. Abstract of "The Knowing of Things Together"


2. Abstract of " The Meaning of the Word Truth"


3. W. James's Statement


4. Annotations in Bertrand Russell's " Transatlantic 'Truth'"


5. Four Letters from William James to James B. Pratt


General Index


Key to the Pagination of Editions

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