SUMMARY: The post examines the notion that we can reliably decide what is true or not according to whether or not an idea “feels true”.
(About a 3 minute read)
“Suppose truth really is a woman”, Nietzsche asks at the beginning of one of his books. “Has not the history of philosophy proven that philosophers are clumsy around women?”
Nietzsche was among the first Europeans to recognize how problematic is the notion that we humans seek truth. About the same time, in America, the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce was developing Pragmatism — a school of philosophy resting on the observation that we do not seek truth, but rather seek the psychologically comfortable state of belief.