[FOM] “only in a Pickwickian sense”
jawbrey at att.net
Thu Mar 15 23:36:05 EDT 2012
Re: Margaret MacDougall
There is this rather famous paragraph from Charles S. Peirce --
| Two things here are all-important to assure oneself of and to remember.
| The first is that a person is not absolutely an individual. His thoughts
| are what he is "saying to himself", that is, is saying to that other self
| that is just coming into life in the flow of time. When one reasons, it is
| that critical self that one is trying to persuade; and all thought whatsoever
| is a sign, and is mostly of the nature of language. The second thing to remember
| is that the man's circle of society (however widely or narrowly this phrase may be
| understood), is a sort of loosely compacted person, in some respects of higher rank
| than the person of an individual organism. It is these two things alone that render
| it possible for you -- but only in the abstract, and in a Pickwickian sense -- to
| distinguish between absolute truth and what you do not doubt.
| C.S. Peirce, 'Collected Papers', CP 5.421.
| Charles Sanders Peirce, "What Pragmatism Is",
|'The Monist', Volume 15, 1905, pages 161-181,
| Also in the 'Collected Papers', CP 5.411-437.
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