The Problem of Truth

The Problem of Truth A problem of philosophy is completely different from a problem of science In science we accept our subject matter as it is presented in unanalysed experience in philosophy we examine the first princip

  • Title: The Problem of Truth
  • Author: Herbert Wildon Carr
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A problem of philosophy is completely different from a problem of science In science we accept our subject matter as it is presented in unanalysed experience in philosophy we examine the first principles and ultimate questions that concern conscious experience itself The problem of truth is a problem of philosophy It is not a problem of merely historical interest, butA problem of philosophy is completely different from a problem of science In science we accept our subject matter as it is presented in unanalysed experience in philosophy we examine the first principles and ultimate questions that concern conscious experience itself The problem of truth is a problem of philosophy It is not a problem of merely historical interest, but a present problem a living controversy, the issue of which is undecided Its present interest may be said to centre round the doctrine of pragmatism, which some fifteen years ago began to challenge the generally accepted principles of philosophy In expounding this problem of truth, my main purpose has been to make clear to the reader the nature of a problem of philosophy and to disclose the secret of its interest My book presumes no previous study of philosophy nor special knowledge of its problems The theories that I have shown in conflict on this question are, each of them, held by some of the leaders of philosophy In presenting them, therefore, I have tried to let the full dialectical force of the argument appear I have indicated my own view, that the direction in which the solution lies is in the new conception of life and the theory of knowledge given to us in the philosophy of Bergson If I am right, the solution is not, like pragmatism, a doctrine of the nature of truth, but a theory of knowledge in which the dilemma in regard to truth does not arise But, as always in philosophy, the solution of one problem is the emergence of another There is no finality.

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    1. The problem of Truth today is that it no longer seems to matter to many people.About a hundred years ago the very nature of Truth was something of a philosophical hot potato. Immediately prior to reading this book I had read William James's take on the same thing. This book considers James's pragmatist theory alongside the competition. Wildon Carr attractively introduces his comparative study by stating that it 'presumes no previous study of philosophy nor special knowledge of its problems.' Tru [...]

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