Ideas from 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things' by Charles Sanders Peirce [1898], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things' by Peirce,Charles Sanders (ed/tr Ketner,K.L.) [Harvard 1992,0-674-74967-7]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 2. Invocation to Philosophy
Everything interesting should be recorded, with records that can be rearranged
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly
Sciences concern existence, but philosophy also concerns potential existence
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / e. Philosophy as reason
An idea on its own isn't an idea, because they are continuous systems
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Hopes for Philosophy
Philosophy is a search for real truth
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics
Metaphysics is pointless without exact modern logic
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 4. Metaphysics beyond Science
Metaphysics is the science of both experience, and its general laws and types
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 5. Metaphysics as Conceptual
Metaphysical reasoning is simple enough, but the concepts are very hard
1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 1. Analysis
Metaphysics is turning into logic, and logic is becoming mathematics
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 6. Verisimilitude
The one unpardonable offence is reasoning is blocking the route to further truth
3. Truth / E. Pragmatic Truth / 1. Pragmatic Truth
'Holding for true' is either practical commitment, or provisional theory
5. Theory of Logic / B. Logical Consequence / 4. Semantic Consequence |=
Deduction is true when the premises facts necessarily make the conclusion fact true
5. Theory of Logic / C. Ontology of Logic / 1. Ontology of Logic
Our research always hopes that reality embodies the logic we are employing
5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 6. Relations in Logic
The logic of relatives relies on objects built of any relations (rather than on classes)
6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 10. Constructivism / c. Conceptualism
We now know that mathematics only studies hypotheses, not facts
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism
Realism is the belief that there is something in the being of things corresponding to our reasoning
There may be no reality; it's just our one desperate hope of knowing anything
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 7. Chance
Objective chance is the property of a distribution
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / e. Supposition conditionals
In ordinary language a conditional statement assumes that the antecedent is true
11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / c. Aim of beliefs
We act on 'full belief' in a crisis, but 'opinion' only operates for trivial actions
12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 2. Associationism
We talk of 'association by resemblance' but that is wrong: the association constitutes the resemblance
13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 3. Evidentialism / a. Evidence
Scientists will give up any conclusion, if experience opposes it
14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 2. Demonstration
If each inference slightly reduced our certainty, science would soon be in trouble
14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 1. Scientific Theory
I classify science by level of abstraction; principles derive from above, and data from below
14. Science / C. Induction / 2. Aims of Induction
'Induction' doesn't capture Greek 'epagoge', which is singulars in a mass producing the general
14. Science / C. Induction / 3. Limits of Induction
How does induction get started?
Induction can never prove that laws have no exceptions
The worst fallacy in induction is generalising one recondite property from a sample
14. Science / D. Explanation / 4. Explanation Doubts / b. Rejecting explanation
Men often answer inner 'whys' by treating unconscious instincts as if they were reasons
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 7. Animal Minds
We may think animals reason very little, but they hardly ever make mistakes!
15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 5. Generalisation by mind
Generalisation is the great law of mind
Generalization is the true end of life
16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 2. Self-Knowledge
'Know yourself' is not introspection; it is grasping how others see you
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 3. Panpsychism
Whatever is First must be sentient
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 6. Rationality
Everybody overrates their own reasoning, so it is clearly superficial
Reasoning involves observation, experiment, and habituation
19. Language / C. Semantics / 6. Indexical Semantics
Indexicals are unusual words, because the stimulate the hearer to look around
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 2. Duty
People should follow what lies before them, and is within their power
25. Society / E. State Functions / 5. Education / a. Education principles
We are not inspired by other people's knowledge; a sense of our ignorance motivates study
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 6. Natural Kinds / a. Natural kinds
Chemists rely on a single experiment to establish a fact; repetition is pointless
26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 1. Laws of Nature
Our laws of nature may be the result of evolution