Unformatted text preview: definition of truth in the first place. 3) Pragmatic a. “’The true,’ to put it very briefly, is only the expedient way of our thinking, just as ‘the right’ is only the expedient way of our behaving. b. “True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate and verify. False ideas are those we cannot.” i. Doesn’t this mean that God cannot be true since it cannot be verified? Yes…Hume would agree. c. True thoughts are useful, though they may not be useful to you personally. d. The practical value of true ideas comes from theh practical importance of their objects to us e. False thoughts can also be useful Truth happens to an idea – through verification – an idea becomes true....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.
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