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Peirce's Philosophical Perspectives$
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Vincent G. Potter

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780823216154

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823216154.001.0001

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C. S. Peirce’s Argument for God’s Reality: A Pragmatist’s View

C. S. Peirce’s Argument for God’s Reality: A Pragmatist’s View

(p.169) 12 C. S. Peirce’s Argument for God’s Reality: A Pragmatist’s View
Peirce's Philosophical Perspectives

Vincent G. Potter

Fordham University Press

This chapter explains that religion for Charles Sanders Peirce is a topic of “vital importance” and so is a matter more of the heart than of the head. He writes that all sensible talk about religion, morals, and aesthetics must be common-place, all reasoning about them unsound, and all study of them narrow and sordid. When it is a question of great decisions affecting one's lives, it is the wise man who knows that sentiment and instinct are sure guides, while reasoning about such matters is out of place since that faculty is a notoriously fallible instrument. In addition, the chapter presents Peirce's argument for God's reality: the Humble Argument, sometimes called the Neglected Argument.

Keywords:   Charles Sanders Peirce, religion, morals, aesthetics, sentiment, instinct, Humble Argument, Neglected Argument, God

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