All the followers of science are fully persuaded that the processes of investigation, if only pushed far enough, will give one certain solution to each question to which they can be applied.... This great law is embodied in the conception of truth and reality. The opinion which is fated to be ultimately agreed to by all who investigate is what we mean by the truth, and the object represented in this opinion is the real.
Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), U.S. philosopher, logician, founder of pragmatism. Originally published in Popular Science Monthly. "How to Make Our Ideas Clear," pp. 79-100, Pragmatism: The Classical Writings, ed. H.S. Thayer (1878).
Classic statement of Peirce's "convergent realism."