The Meaning of Truth
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The Meaning of Truth

By William James
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Philosopher, psychologist, educator, and author William James ranked among the most influential figures of his time. James played a prominent role in the transition from a predominantly European-centered nineteenth century philosophy to a new pragmatic American philosophy. One of his chief contributions lay in his seminal 1907 work, Pragmatism, which featured a controversial chapter on "truth." In response to his critics- most of whom had misunderstood his thesis - James wrote The meaning of Truth, a synthesis of everything he had ever written on the theory of knowledge, including and article on the function of cognition, later polemic and expository contributions and some replies to previous criticism.

Table of Contents
  • THE MEANING OF TRUTH
    • A SEQUEL TO 'PRAGMATISM'
    • PREFACE
  • THE MEANING OF TRUTH
    • I
    • II
    • III
    • IV
      • THE RELATION BETWEEN KNOWER AND KNOWN
    • V
      • THE ESSENCE OF HUMANISM
      • II
      • III
      • IV
    • VI
      • A WORD MORE ABOUT TRUTH
      • II
    • VII
      • PROFESSOR PRATT ON TRUTH
      • I
      • II
    • VIII
      • FIRST MISUNDERSTANDING: PRAGMATISM IS ONLY A RE-EDITING OF POSITIVISM.
      • SECOND MISUNDERSTANDING: PRAGMATISM IS PRIMARILY AN APPEAL TO ACTION.
      • SEVENTH MINUNDERSTANDING: PRAGMATISM IGNORES THE THEORETICAL INTEREST.
      • EIGHTH MISUNDERSTANDING: PRAGMATISM IS SHUT UP TO SOLIPSISM.
    • IX
    • X
    • XI
    • XII
    • XIII
      • ABSTRACTIONISM AND 'RELATIVISMUS'
    • XIV
      • TWO ENGLISH CRITICS
    • XV
      • A DIALOGUE
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