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James, William (1842-1910) The Meaning of Truth (1909)

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Are you not probably misled by common language, which has found it convenient to introduce a hybrid name, meaning sometimes a kind of knowing and sometimes a reality known, to apply to either of these things interchangeably ? And has philosophy anything to gain by perpetuating and consecrating the ambiguity ? If you call the object of knowledge reality, and call the manner of its being cognized truth, cognized moreover on particular occasions, and variously, by particular human beings who have their various businesses with it, and if you hold consistently to this nomenclature, it seems to me that you escape all sorts of trouble.
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