An Analysis Of Rene Descartes Pragmatism's Conception Of Truth

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Many individuals go about their lives in an ordinary fashion, until someone around them deceives them. At that moment, this individual may seek the truth; this person will go out of their way to find the facts and the reality of the situation. In a sense, human beings are on a constant quest for the truth, without truly realizing it. However, two famous philosophers did notice this unforeseen quest: Rene Descartes and William James. Rene Descartes delves deeper into the topic of the truth in his philosophical work, “Discourse on Method,” whereas William James further explores the truth, from a distinct perspective, in his philosophical works, “What Pragmatism Means,” and “Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth.” Although both philosophers examine the concept of the truth and do share some …show more content…
This is known when he states, "if I failed to do so, many who knew of the intention I once had to have certain writings published could imagine that the reasons for which I am abstaining from doing so were more to my disadvantage... [but] I saw more and more... suffering because an infinity of experiments of which I have need and which it is impossible for me to perform without the help of others" (Descartes 41-42). Originally, Descartes did not want to release his work because of possible backlash from the public, but then he knew that he needed help from his audience in order to continue to further his knowledge. It is crucial to note that at no point does Descartes persuade his audience to change their manner of searching for the truth, whereas James does. James states, "I believe in that destiny, and I hope I may end by inspiring you with my belief" (14). Here, James wishes that the audience can participate in pragmatism, which contrasts greatly with Descartes '

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