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Single Idea 19571

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

Full Idea

The distinction between delusion and truth lies in the difference in their life functions.

Gist of Idea

Delusion and truth differ in their life functions


Novalis (Miscellaneous Observations [1798], 008)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.24

A Reaction

Pure pragmatism, it seems. We might expect doubts about objective truth from a leading light of the Romantic movement.