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C.S. Peirce: A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God

A Neglected Argument for the

Reality of God

 

C. S. Peirce

 

Lest we scare off our largely Atheist constituents from attendance, take solace in the fact that Peirce's short essay delves into an examination of the “reality” of god as a concept, not a concrete existence. It is not a defense of organized religion, nor of an old guy with a long white beard floating on a cloud.

This essay was suggested by our resident Peirce authority and internationally recognized and acclaimed authoress of books and numerous articles on Charles Sanders Peirce: Phyllis Chiasson. She was slated to lead this discussion at our April meeting however unexpected medical circumstances necessitated it being rescheduled for the May meeting, Hope to see everyone attend this fascinating, albeit postponed discussion.

 

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  • John T.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting. Having experts in Peirce’s life and philosophy was outstanding. Several topics will stay with me for some time and require more study and conversation (this is the advantage, and disadvantage, of being a "naïve philosopher"):

    1. The value of the “Neglected Argument” for new learning.
    2. The difference between “argument” and “argumentation” and the difference between “real” and “actual.”
    3. The idea that “belief” is based on a willingness to act (a “speech act” as well?)
    4. How idealism is related to “discovery” vs. “invention.”
    5. Pessimism as a barrier to new learning. How does this relate to strongly held beliefs?
    6. How has “pragmatism” evolved from Peirce to now?
    7. Perce’s views on the whole set of the “Laws of Thought” and not just the “Law of the Excluded Middle.”

    Please excuse my ramblings and thank you all for a great meeting.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I left. I did not feel comfortable there. I hope you had a good meeting.

    May 13, 2014

    • Ross

      We regret your discomfort and appreciate your coming. The character of the meeting progressed as it continued, it's a shame you weren't able to stay. Perhaps next time?

      May 13, 2014

    • Ross

      Jim, Phyllis asked me to post this because she was having trouble getting it to post: "Sorry you had to leave, but I understand. The crowd, acoustics and narrowness of the room were a little overwhelming to me too ( and I'm the oldest of 8 kids). I don't think any of us were expecting that many people."

      May 13, 2014

  • Sky H.

    Trying to fight my way thru the Net -- Sorry, I won't be able to make the meeting tonight, but please keep me on the list.

    May 12, 2014

  • Ross

    NEVER STOP DIGGING JOHN: Its amazing the depth of the hole you can find yourself in. Here's a link: http://www.digitalpeirce.fee.unicamp.br/p-abachi.htm

    May 5, 2014

    • John T.

      At this point my yard is full of holes. I am thinking of starting a blog called "naive reality" where I can out my ignorance on all sorts of subjects. If I confess, perhaps others will also! Thanks for the link.

      May 6, 2014

    • Michael M.

      'We now have the complete core of our two-pronged dilemma: "How can abduction be a form of inference distinct from deduction and induction (as the "unfettered play of musement," or a response to a "surprising fact") and also be a form of recursive analysis that includes deduction and induction as well as abduction?"'

      How can 'red' be a color distinct from 'maroon' and 'crimson' and also be a color class that includes 'maroon' and 'crimson' as well as 'red'? It's called headedness, where the more specified version is the head of the less specified, and since the more specific form of 'abduction' only operates over headed structures methinks Peirce was actually making a very subtle point about what abduction is.

      1 · May 10, 2014

  • Phyllis C.

    Hi all,
    Surgery went fine. I'm all patched up & mobile. We've returned to town from Laguna and 2 weeks of granchildren sitting--ages 12, 10 & an especially rambunctious 3. We had a great time, but are desperate for conversation with grownups. See you next Monday.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • John T.

    I am pressing forward but need help. Is there any difference between "retroduction" and "abduction" either as formally used by Peirce in the past or as commonly used today? If so, is the difference so subtle that it is unnecessary to an understanding of the material we are discussing? Is my confusion so great that I should put down my shovel and just stop digging?

    May 5, 2014

  • Ross

    May 2, 2014

    • Michael M.

      It's impenetrable b/c most of the basic concepts weren't actually worked out until years after Peirce's death, mostly in different fields like mathematics.

      May 4, 2014

    • John T.

      I think that is encouragement - at least I will take it that way and continue to read on. I look forward to a really good meeting and learning experience next week.

      May 4, 2014

  • Ross

    Fear not, I heard from Phyllis, our's and the world's resident Peirce authority and she said that she will absolutely (or at least pragmatically) be attending, as she put it with "bells on" to marshall us through Peirce's position so please RSVP so we can let the restayrant know the appriximate count!

    May 4, 2014

  • Ross

    SHOULD WE BE AT ALL CONCERNED THAT PHYLLIS HASN'T RSVPed FOR THE MEETING YET????

    May 2, 2014

  • John T.

    Where can I find a copy of the essay?

    April 28, 2014

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