An Evaluation of William James's Theory of Pragmatic Truth
Truth is important because it becomes essential for the survival of an individual to be able to differentiate between lies, mistakes and inaccuracies which they may encounter in everyday life. Because of this, the concept of truth has been of interest to many philosophers who have presented various theories about truth. Theories such as the correspondence theory, the coherence theory, the consensus theory and the social constructivism theory present truth as being objective reality, an agreement or coherence with some established beliefs, a general agreement between individuals in a group or the evolution of concepts as a result of social processes. The theory of pragmatic truth which has been presented by the psychologist and philosopher William James attempts to measure truth in terms of its practical utility or the interests of individuals making judgments about truth. This essay takes a critical look at William James's pragmatic theory of truth.
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- 01 Sep 2011
- Morrisville, NC, United States