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Single Idea 19086

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

Full Idea

Peirce and Sellars takes Peirce's conception of meaning, on which pragmatism is founded, to support an adequate account of objective truth; James, Dewey and Rorty say it forecloses all possibility of such an account.

Gist of Idea

Does the pragmatic theory of meaning support objective truth, or make it impossible?


Danielle Macbeth (Pragmatism and Objective Truth [2007], p.169)

Book Reference

'New Pragmatists', ed/tr. Misak,Cheryl [OUP 2009], p.169

A Reaction

Ah. Very helpful. I thought there was a pragmatic theory of truth, then began to think that it was just a denial of truth. I've long suspected that Peirce is wonderful, and James is not very good (on this topic).