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Problem of Truth

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"Problem of Truth" by Herbert Wildon Carr is a thought-provoking exploration of the concept of truth and the challenges that arise when attempting to define it. Carr delves into various philosophical perspectives on truth, examining the significance of truth in different areas of human knowledge and experience. He also discusses the impact of subjectivity and bias on our understanding and interpretation of truth.

One of the strengths of this book is Carr's clear and concise writing style, which makes complex philosophical ideas accessible to a wide audience. He presents his arguments in a logical and coherent manner, guiding readers through the intricate terrain of truth theory with ease.

While Carr's insights are certainly enlightening, some readers may find the book lacking in depth or originality. The ideas presented in "Problem of Truth" are not particularly groundbreaking, and readers familiar with the field of epistemology may find themselves seeking more innovative perspectives on the topic.

Overall, "Problem of Truth" is a solid introduction to the complexities of truth theory and a worthwhile read for those interested in delving deeper into the nature of truth and knowledge. Carr's insights are sure to stimulate discussion and further reflection on this timeless philosophical conundrum.

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A problem of philosophy is completely different from a problem of science. In science we accept our subject-matter as it is presented in unanalysed experience; in philosophy we examine the first principles and ultimate questions that concern conscious experience itself. The problem of truth is a problem of philosophy. It is not a problem of merely historical interest, but a present problem—a living controversy, the issue of which is undecided. Its present interest may be said to centre round the doctrine of pragmatism, which some fifteen years ago began to challenge the generally accepted principles of philosophy. In expounding this problem of truth, my main purpose has been to make clear to the reader the nature of a problem of philosophy and to disclose the secret of its interest. My book presumes no previous study of philosophy nor special knowledge of its problems. The theories that I have shown in conflict on this question are, each of them, held by some of the leaders of philosophy. In presenting them, therefore, I have tried to let the full dialectical force of the argument appear. I have indicated my own view, that the direction in which the solution lies is in the new conception of life and the theory of knowledge given to us in the philosophy of Bergson. If I am right, the solution is not, like pragmatism, a doctrine of the nature of truth, but a theory of knowledge in which the dilemma in regard to truth does not arise. But, as always in philosophy, the solution of one problem is the emergence of another. There is no finality.

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