Review Questions For Peirce
  1. Briefly recount Pierce's criticism of the Cartesian standard of the clear and distinct idea.
  2. What does Pierce call the "very first lesson that we have a right todemand that logic shall teach us"?
  3. Explain the conditions under which we form beliefs, according to Pierce. What does Pierce call the "essence of belief"?
  4. What does Pierce claim is the function of thought?
  5. At the end of part II Pierce sets out a rule for attaining clear ideas. What is this rule? Explain the examples that Pierce gives at the start of part III of how this rule works.
  6. Briefly summarize Pierce's account of the real as he gives it in part IV of the essay. Given this account, what do you make of his criticism of metaphysics?
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