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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 6 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 6 Summary

Charles Peirce's brother had dedicated his book, The Will to Believe to Peirce. Peirce liked the dedication but did not like the book. It was "individualistic in nature and value." These ideas were important to James, but not to Peirce.

Peirce reviewed Dewey's Studies of Logical Theory and was completely "disgusted." He wrote Dewey personally, but never sent the letter. However, his anonymous review of the book for the Nation was extremely harsh.

Peirce did not follow Dewey and James. His belief was that the universe was constantly evolving and trying to reach the absolute truth. As the universe draws closer to the absolute law, the beliefs of humans become reality. He also believed that humans get their ideas of right and wrong from other humans, even though they cannot explain why they know the person is...

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