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    William James's View's on Truth

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    1. Something is true as long as it is practical to believe so.

    2. Idea of practical implications: An idea only has meaning in so far as it has practical implication.

    What does it mean? Could you explain it for me, using some examples from our everyday life for each statement. Thank you.

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    1. Something is true as long as it is practical to believe so.
    2. Idea of practical implications: An idea only has meaning in so far as it has practical implication. What does it mean? Could you explain it for me, using some examples from our everyday life for each statement?
    William James (January 11, 1842 - August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and the philosophy of pragmatism. (1)
    1. Something is true as long as it is practical to believe so.
    James was a pragmatist. The philosophy of pragmatism about knowledge holds that what is important about knowledge is that it solves certain problems that are constrained both by the world and by human purposes. The place of knowledge in human activity is to resolve the problems that arise in conflicts between belief and action. Pragmatists are also typically committed to the use of the experimental method in all forms of inquiry, a non-skeptical fallibilism about our current ...

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    Relating to William James's view's on truth, this solution explains the following statements: 1. Something is true as long as it is practical to believe so. 2. Idea of practical implications: An idea only has meaning in so far as it has practical implication.

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