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Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism: Themes from Peirce

Christopher Hookway


Charles Peirce's pragmatist philosophy contains important ideas for understanding the nature of epistemic rationality and rational self‐control. After a discussion of his views about the different demands of theory and practice, the book explains his account of truth, before comparing it with the correspondence theory of truth and tracing its relations to his theory of indexical reference. This is followed by an investigation of his defence of a system of ‘scientific metaphysics’ and its role in rational inquiry. We then turn to a consideration of how his pragmatism and his account of rational ... More

Keywords: common sense, doubt, God, Peirce, pragmatism, rationality, reference, scientific metaphysics, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199256586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hookway, author
University of Sheffield
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