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Single Idea 21494

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

Full Idea

Two related worries about Peirce's account of truth are (from Royce) what are we to make of truth if enquiry never reaches an end, and (from Russell) what are we to make of truth if enquiry never reaches an end?

Gist of Idea

If truth is the end of enquiry, what if it never ends, or ends prematurely?

Source

comment on Charles Sanders Peirce (works [1892]) by Albert Atkin - Peirce 3 'issues'

A Reaction

The defence of Peirce must be that the theory is not holistic - referring to the whole Truth about absolutely everything. The discovery of the periodic table seems to me to support Peirce. In many areas basic enquiry has reached an end.

Book Reference

Atkin,Albert: 'Peirce' [Routledge 2016], p.116

Related Idea

Idea 7661 Truth is the opinion fated to be ultimately agreed by all investigators [Peirce]