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Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth

C. J. Misak


This book elucidates and defends C.S. Peirce’s pragmatist account of truth. Peirce was interested in exploring truth’s connections to the practices of inquiry, belief, and assertion. This distinctly pragmatic project resulted in the view that truth is what would be agreed upon, were inquiry to be pursued as far as it could fruitfully go. The view that a belief is true if it would be indefeasible connects truth to human practices, but which takes truth to be something to be discovered. That is, Peirce’s view of truth is much more objectivist than some currently popular brands of pragmatism. In ... More

Keywords: truth, C.S. Peirce, pragmatism, ethics, inquiry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199270597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. J. Misak, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
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