Single Idea 2549

[catalogued under 3. Truth / E. Pragmatic Truth / 1. Pragmatic Truth]

Full Idea

Truth is, in James' phrase, "what it is better for us to believe", rather than "the accurate representation of reality".

Gist of Idea

For James truth is "what it is better for us to believe" rather than a correct picture of reality


Richard Rorty (Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature [1980], Intro)

Book Reference

Rorty,Richard: 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' [Blackwell 1980], p.10