In my experience (and I reiterate that this is just my anecdotal experience), most Mormons have a sort of crude Pragmatist theory of truth.
As a psychology student who studies religion, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for William James. In fact, my first son’s middle name is James for that very reason. James and some other American philosophers developed a philosophical theory of truth that the average person probably wouldn’t understand (I barely do), but the naive version is this: we can judge whether a belief is true by whether it “works.”
I put “works” in quotation marks because the biggest criticism of Pragmatism is that the criteria for “working” is not very well-defined. But I think a lot of people, and Americans, still kind of hold the naive version of Pragmatism as true (we’ll just call it Naive Pragmatism, or NP). And I think this is especially true for Mormons. Continue reading