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Truth, Rationality, and PragmatismThemes from Peirce$
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Christopher Hookway

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199256586.001.0001

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Truth and the Convergence of Opinion

Truth and the Convergence of Opinion

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(p.44) 2 Truth and the Convergence of Opinion
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Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism
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Christopher Hookway (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256586.003.0003

This chapter is an extended discussion of Peirce's definition of truth as that on which inquiry is fated to converge. A detailed examination of how this thesis is to be formulated is followed by a discussion of the problem of ‘buried secrets’, of truths that are lost and will never be recovered. It is argued that pragmatist clarifications of concepts differ from other kinds of philosophical analyses, and that Peirce's account of truth is an account of the commitments we incur when we assert a proposition. It is also argued that the pragmatist clarification of truth is metaphysically neutral, leading neither to realism nor to anti‐realism.

Keywords:   anti‐realism, assertion, convergence, inquiry, Peirce, pragmatist theory of truth, realism, truth

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