Thursday April 11th 2019Tim
Pragmatism and the Father of US Psychology, died in
1910: "True for him who experiences the workings." Does
sound a bit vague but it's a comforting understanding of
James' pragmatic view of how truth, as it exists
somewhere out there, interacts with us people. Not much
help in this day and age where the whole idea of what
the objectivists call 'Truth Conditions' appear to be
wholly irrelevant in some swaths of our society.
brings us all to the "woe and behold" that goes by the
name Ideological Purity. And it's kind of no
wonder Empiricists go with that well fed gated
philosopher Hume: "The life of a man to the universe is
of no greater importance than that of an oyster."
Well, the extent to which we're sentient might well be
up for debate but we're here, we're sensitive, we're
human, get used to it. William James: "Believe that Life
is worth living and your belief will help create the
fact." Who knows.