I am wondering if there is a name for the following theory of truth, which I might call "persuasionism."
Truth, for an individual, is the set of beliefs that individual would eventually, in the limit, be persuaded of, given unlimited evidence and unlimited time to consider.
This theory may be compared to Charles Sanders Peirce's pragmatist theory of truth:
Truth is that concordance of an abstract statement with the ideal limit towards which endless investigation would tend to bring scientific belief, which concordance the abstract statement may possess by virtue of the confession of its inaccuracy and one-sidedness, and this confession is an essential ingredient of truth. (Peirce 1901).
Distinguishing "persuasionism" from pragmatism:
- Persuasionism puts the emphasis on what would persuade the individual, not a "community of inquirers." The rationale is that it does not matter to an individual what might persuade others in the community, unless it also convinces that individual.
- Persuasionism does not restrict the domain of truth to scientific belief; it might be applied as well to philosophical questions such as evaluating the truth of moral claims.