Philosophy

It's been a really long time since I've posted anything, so I figured I'd share an excerpt from a book I'm reading right now. The book is called Age of Analysis : 20th Century Philosophers by Morton White but within the book are multiple excerpts from various philosophers. This one's from a Charles Sanders Peirce essay called "How to Make Our Ideas Clear".

[What . . . is belief? It is the demi-cadence which closes a musical phrase in the symphony of our intellectual life. We have seen that it has just three properties: First, it is something that we are aware of; second, it appeases the irritation of doubt; and, third, it involves the establishment in our nature of a rule of action, or say for short, a habit. As it appeases the irritation of doubt, which is the motive for thinking, thought relaxes, and comes to rest for a moment when belief is reached. But, since belief is a rule for action, the application of which involves further doubt and further thought, at the same time that it is a stopping-place, it is also a new starting-place for thought. That is why I have permitted myself to call it thought at rest, although thought is essentially an action. The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.]
TheOnlyBenis TheOnlyBenis
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Aug 13, 2012