The father of pragmatism is often invoked as an opponent of the ideas of objective, absolute truth and an independent reality. Peirce does, however, seek to preserve mankind’s experience of searching for objective truths about an independent reality by redescribing them. He redescribes objectivity as inter subjectivity. He redescribes an independent reality as what is agreed to exist by an ideal consensus of scientific investigators. I wish to argue, however, that Peirce’s pragmatism does not ‘work’ without the concept of objective, absolute truth. Peirce is, in fact, on the side of the angels, whether he would like this or not.