The Fixation of Belief

Title

The Fixation of Belief

Description

Originally published in the Popular Science Monthly, vol. 12 (November 1877): 1-15. This is the first installment of six papers in Peirce's "Illustrations of the Logic of Science" series.

According to Houser and Kloesel (Eds.), The Essential Peirce, vol. 1 (Bloomington: Indiana, 1992), p. 108, "the objective of the 'Illustrations' is 'to describe the method of scientific investigation'." In this, the first paper, "he develops his thesis that thought is a form of inquiry, and belief the cessation of doubt, and he emphasizes the self-corrective nature of the scientific enterprise. He further discusses four methods of fixing belief (those of tenacity and of authority, the a priori method, and the method of science) and argues that only the fourth, which along appeals to an 'external permanency,' can lead to success in the long run."

Creator

Peirce, Charles Sanders (1839-1914)

Source

Popular Science Monthly, vol. 12 (November 1877): 1-15

Publisher

Date

1877-11

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Language

English

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Date Added
November 16, 2012
Collection
Illustrations of the Logic of Science, 1877-1878
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Citation
Peirce, Charles Sanders (1839-1914), “The Fixation of Belief,” Charles S. Peirce, Philosophical Writings, accessed February 19, 2018, http://cspeirce.omeka.net/items/show/2.