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Single Idea 19099

[catalogued under 3. Truth / E. Pragmatic Truth / 1. Pragmatic Truth]

Full Idea

'P is true' is used to emphasise p, and avoid logic problems. The pragmatists says there are plenty of other uses: the aim of assertion or deliberation, the improvement of our views, distinguishing objectivity, explaining meaning, negation, consequence...

Gist of Idea

'True' is used for emphasis, clarity, assertion, comparison, objectivity, meaning, negation, consequence...


Cheryl Misak (Pragmatism and Deflationism [2007], 2)

Book Reference

'New Pragmatists', ed/tr. Misak,Cheryl [OUP 2009], p.74

A Reaction

Pragmatism seems to break 'true' down into its many uses, rather than having a specific theory of truth. This might be where ordinary language philosophy (how is the word 'true' used) meets pragmatism (how is the concept [true] used).