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Single Idea 14772

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 3. Inspiration]

Full Idea

Even if we decide that an idea really is inspired, we cannot be sure, or nearly sure, that the statement is true. We know one of the commandments of the Bible was printed without a 'not' in it.

Gist of Idea

If we decide an idea is inspired, we still can't be sure we have got the idea right


Charles Sanders Peirce (Scientific Attitude and Fallibilism [1899], II)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Philosophical Writings of Peirce', ed/tr. Buchler,Justus [Dover 1940], p.57