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LUMS. Colapietro-Peirce_Today. Muhammad Iqbal : Islam, aesthetics, and postcolonialism (Book, 2009. Campbell-Dewey_Today. Sedova_Rorty. Old Testament vs. New Testament - What are the differences? The Fixation on Belief. In "The Fixation of Belief," Charles Sanders Pierce argues that the method of science is superior to all other methods, due to its ability to establish what is true and what is not true in an objective manner.

The Fixation on Belief

He argues that since “experience of the method has not led us to doubt it,” the method of science will necessarily lead us to “one true conclusion.” Reinforced by the astounding fruits of science, these arguments made by Pierce in 1877 (and by many of his pragmatist contemporaries) are powerful enough to persist in the 21st century, in particular as the subtext for the common faith in science as society’s salvation. It is the object of this paper to challenge not only the scientific method, but also the fixation on belief itself, whether subjective or objective, which drives Pierce’s essay. Pierce begins with an appeal to logic to determine what is true, rather than the “pleasing and encouraging visions” which might occasion “a fallacious tendency of thought.” Top Home. The essential Peirce: (1893-1913). - Charles Sanders Peirce.

Jaime Nubiola: "The Continuity of Continuity: A Theme in Leibniz, Peirce and Quine" Publicado en Leibniz und Europa, VI.

Jaime Nubiola: "The Continuity of Continuity: A Theme in Leibniz, Peirce and Quine"

Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress, 361-371. Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft e. V. Hannover., 1994. Begoña Ilarregui y Jaime NubiolaUniversidad de Navarra The notion of continuity is of vital importance for an understanding of Peirce's metaphysical ideas and his Leibnizian heritage, and affords an insight into the shortcomings of the specializing scientism of our century. 1. The origin of the subject of continuity can be traced back to the problem of the continuum in Greek philosophy.

Anaxagoras conceived of matter as being composed of particles, each of which is irreducible (quality) but not indivisible (quantity). The complexity and interest of continuity is obvious. 2. The principle of continuity, or "lex continuitatis", is one of Leibniz's most interesting contributions to western science and philosophy. An Error Occurred Setting Your User Cookie. Peirce's Definitions of Continuity. In a letter to William James on November 25, 1902, Peirce spoke of “the completely developed system, which all hangs together and cannot receive any proper presen­tation in fragments,” and he went on to describe synechism as: “the keystone of the arch.”[] Now synechism, according to Peirce, is just “that tendency of philosophical thought which insists upon the idea of continuity.”[] Hence, in order to make sense of Peirce’s synechism, and its role in his “completely developed system”, it is essential first to understand what Peirce meant by the idea of continuity.

Peirce's Definitions of Continuity

Peirce was far from reticent on the topic: If I were to attempt to describe to you in full all the scientific beauty and truth that I find in the principle of continuity, I might say in the simple language of Matilda the Engaged, “the tomb would close over me e’er the entrancing topic were exhausted” . . .[] Peirce did not have a single completed understanding of continuity extending through­out his writing. Pre-Cantorian Period.