Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth

Paperback | March 15, 2004

byC. J. Misak

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C. S. Peirce, the founder of pragmatism, argued that truth is what we would agree upon, were inquiry to be pursued as far as it could fruitfully go. In this book C. J. Misak argues for and elucidates the pragmatic account of truth, paying attention both to Peirce's texts and to therequirements for a suitable account of truth. An important argument of the book is that we must be sensitive to the difference between offering a definition of truth and engaging in a distinctively pragmatic project. This book spells out the relationship between truth and inquiry; it articulatesthe consequences of a statement's being true. It shows that the existence of a distinct pragmatic enterprise has implications for the status of the pragmatic account of truth and for the way in which philosophy should be conducted.This new paperback includes a brand-new additional chapter, along with a new preface and revised bibliography.

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C. S. Peirce, the founder of pragmatism, argued that truth is what we would agree upon, were inquiry to be pursued as far as it could fruitfully go. In this book C. J. Misak argues for and elucidates the pragmatic account of truth, paying attention both to Peirce's texts and to therequirements for a suitable account of truth. An impor...

C. J. Misak is at Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.52 inPublished:March 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270597

ISBN - 13:9780199270590

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Pragmatism2. Inquiry: The Fixation of Belief3. Logic4. Objectivity, Bivalence, and Truth5. EthicsBibliographyIndex

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`Within the expanding volume of scholarly works on the writings of the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, Cheryl Misak's study should gain a solid place ... This book will be particularly interesting to Peirce scholars who want to explore Peirce's views on truth or who are followingnew contributions to this study. Yet since the writing style is very accessible..., and since the book examines a number of topics pursued by Peirce, it will also be useful as an introduction to Peirce's philosophy.'Dialogue