Alexander inside and out. There is no other

Alexander Agudelo

Luis A. Fonseca

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PHI 2604


RS 1.1 Reading Summary 1.1 – Critical Thinking

“How to Make Our Ideas Clear” by Charles S. Pierce


To summarize
the main points of the reading of Chapter 16, “How to Make Our Ideas Clear” by
Charles S. Pierce I want to start by saying that it’s a great read around the
different types of ideas and how to truly be organized in thought. In the essay
the author Charles S. Peirce explains how we can speak about our arguments as
effective as possible, in other words how to simplify our notions. Mr. Pierce supports
the topic by using the two differences between clear and obscure conceptions,
and between distinct and confused conceptions. These descriptions themselves
need clarification and thought for them to make sense and for us to be able to
use them on a day to day.  It gives you
the advantage of having a concise and accurate argument in moments when you need
them most.

S. Peirce states a clear idea is one which is so seized that it will be familiar
wherever it is met, and so that no other will be mistaken for it. If the idea
isn’t clear enough, it is said to be obscure.  The logicians speak of ideas being so crystal
clear and defined as nothing more than understanding an idea. A logician is a
person who is skilled in logic. This for me was also something that I wanted to
discuss as it was a new word for me. Furthermore, for us to understand such
idea with must understand it inside and out. There is no other way to be so
clear without such understanding. Mr. Pierce also spoke about distinct ideas
being one that contained nothing that was clear. This is what I would consider technical
language; by the contents of an idea logicians understand whatever is contained
in its definition.

S. Peirce also spoke about the belief that it is a demi-cadence which closes a
musical phase in the symphony of our intellectual life. In the reading, it
states that there are only three properties of beliefs. The first of the beliefs
is something we are all aware of, the second belief talks about how it appeases
the irritation of doubt, and the third belief involves the establishment in our
nature of a rule of action, this is what we would consider our habits. Since
belief is considered an action, the application that involves further doubt and
thought. It is a stopping place and starting place for thoughts. Mr. Pierce referred
to it as the “thought rest”, meaning
that it all circles back to how important it is in making our thoughts clear.

think reading this allowed me to see and understand different thoughts and
ideas and how interesting it is to understand the multitude of ways we think. I
think that by understanding the way that we think and how it functions, in turn
it allows us to filter out things to make ideas clear and beneficial for us. I
can honestly see how this can be affective in my day to day at work or even as
something to bring up as discussion. Great read!


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