philo journal 10

Philo journal 10 - be true” and always asks what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life So instead of just asking

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A. James points out that philosophical Pragmatism, as first conceived by C.S. Peirce, was originally a theory of meaning; and that only later did Pragmatism also develop into a theory of truth. According to James: (1) What does Pragmatism as a theory of meaning say? (2) What does Pragmatism as a theory of truth say? B. What strengths and weaknesses do you find in philosophical Pragmatism as it is presented by James in the essay you read? (There are other versions of philosophical Pragmatism as well; but for the moment we are considering only William James's version.) According to James, Pragmatism as a theory of meaning says that the pragmatic method is a way of settling metaphysical disputes that otherwise might be interminable. As for the theory of truth, James says that it asks its normal question, “Grant an idea or belief to
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Unformatted text preview: be true”, and always asks what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? So instead of just asking to answer the question at hand, the truth part of it asks, well if it is true, what difference will that fact make it someone’s life. It’s not just looking for fact; it’s looking to make a difference. I don’t know about any strengths or weaknesses because I don’t understand how an argument like that can have any strengths or weaknesses. I re-read this passage twice, and honestly it didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me. I understand what Pragmatism is, but what it has to do with anything, I don’t really get....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHI 110 taught by Professor Skelley during the Fall '08 term at Hartford.

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