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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 3, Chapter 8 The Law of Errors, Section 4 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 3, Chapter 8 The Law of Errors, Section 4 Summary

Charles Peirce founded the conversation society called the Metaphysical Club in 1872 in Cambridge to help him try to finish the work in which he devoted his life. He wanted to define the law of randomness. He did not believe, as Darwin, that randomness was a "fact of nature." He also did not believe, as Laplace did, that all human activity could be reduced and predicted by numbers. He wanted the pieces to fit together nicely with belief in God.

This club, established with Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., William James and several others, was Peirce's wall to bounce ideas off and ensure he was on the right path.

Part 3, Chapter 8 The Law of Errors, Section 4 Analysis

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