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date: 24 May 2019

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In this chapter, an overview is given of the various pragmatist theories of truth, with the most compelling version outlined. That is the position that can be traced from the founder of pragmatism, C. S. Peirce, through to Frank Ramsey. It links truth to human inquiry, and is set against the more “plastic” views of William James, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty, as well as the more realist, for want of a better word, correspondence and deflationist theories. The chapter also indicates how this promising version of the pragmatist account of truth is especially suited to deal with beliefs in ethics and mathematics.

Keywords: pragmatism, Peirce, James, Dewey, Ramsey, Rorty, Quine, deflationism, naturalism

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