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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 3, Chapter 7 The Peirces, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 3, Chapter 7 The Peirces, Section 3 Summary

Charles Sanders Peirce was his father's prodigy. He was the second child out of four boys and one girl. He had an incredible aptitude for math and science. By the age of 11, he had written the history of chemistry. By the age of 12, he had his own lab. However, by the time he entered Harvard, he was not challenged and became bored quickly, resulting in the rank of 79th in his class at graduation in 1859.

One of his main problems was that fact he had been prescribed opium for a facial neuralgia that turned into an addiction. He was a womanizer and often had violent fits of rage.

Charles' father was pro-slavery but was not a Unionist, and Charles shared his father's views. He did not want to go to war, so Benjamin got an...

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