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Pragmatism – James Truth – dictionary definition – A property of certain of our ideas. It means their agreement and falsity their disagreement. True ideas of sensible things copy them. Look at a clock, close your eyes, you’ll get a copy of it. But turn to the clocks “time keeping function” or the springs elasticity – hard to see a picture. When idea cannot copy definitely their object – what does agreement with their object mean? Pragmatism asks the usual questions Grant an idea or belief true , what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those that would obtain if the belief were fact? What is truth? Pragmatist’s answer: True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate and verify; false ideas are those ideas we cannot. Truth happens to an idea. An idea becomes true. Its verity is in fact an event, process. Its veri fication . Its validity is the process of its valid ation.
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