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Single Idea 19239

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism]

Full Idea

What is reality? Perhaps there isn't any such thing at all. It is but a working hypothesis which we try, our one desperate forlorn hope of knowing anything.

Gist of Idea

There may be no reality; it's just our one desperate hope of knowing anything


Charles Sanders Peirce (Reasoning and the Logic of Things [1898], III)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things', ed/tr. Ketner,K.L. [Harvard 1992], p.161

A Reaction

I'm not quite sure why the hope is 'forlorn'. We have no current reason to doubt that the hypothesis is working out extremely well. Lovely idea, though.