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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 4, Chapter 11 Baltimore, Section 4 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 4, Chapter 11 Baltimore, Section 4 Summary

Charles Peirce taught a yearlong logic class in the fall of 1883 and the spring of 1884. Dewey had decided against taking the class since it conflicted with a class he wanted to take with Morris.

However, Dewey did receive the basics of the class. When Peirce arrived, he announced that he would be reviving the Metaphysical Club for faculty and graduate students. Of course, Dewey joined the club.

At one of the meetings, Peirce read a paper titled Design and Chance. This paper explained that the law of causation was created by chance not a cause. It explained that society, nature, time and such ideas as people know them are created by good habits. Although a cause will sometimes have a outcome that deviates from the norm, it is usually followed by a habit. After the meeting, Dewey...

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