Alexander we think and how it functions, in

Alexander Agudelo

Luis A. Fonseca

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PHI 2604


RS 1.1 Reading Summary 1.1 – Critical Thinking

“How to Make Our Ideas Clear” by Charles S. Pierce


To summarize
the main points of the reading of Chapter 16, “How to Make Our Ideas Clear” by
Charles S. Pierce I want to start by saying that it’s a great read around the
different types of ideas and how to truly be organized in thought. In the essay
the author Charles S. Peirce explains how we can speak about our arguments as
effective as possible. It goes into detail around how to simplify our thoughts
in order to be more effective in communicating our thoughts. Mr. Pierce explains
the content differences among clear and obscured conceptions and also between
distinct and confused conceptions. A general notion of a forming or devising of
a plan or an idea. It gives you the advantage of having a concise and accurate
argument in moments when you need them most.

think reading this allowed me to see and understand different thoughts and
ideas and how interesting it is to understand the multitude of ways we think. I
think that by understanding the way that we think and how it functions, in turn
it allows us to filter out things to make ideas clear and beneficial for us. I
can honestly see how this can be affective in my day to day at work or even as
something to bring up as discussion. At the end of chapter 16 it mentioned that
there are three properties of beliefs. The first of the beliefs is something we
are all aware of, for example oxygen. The second belief talks about how it
appeases the irritation of doubt, I think we are all looking at how we can be
more precise and less doubtful and or irritable. Then finally the last one, the
belief involves the establishment in our nature of a rule of action, this is
what we would consider our habits. Since belief is considered to be an action,
Then belief is basically the application that involves further thought and doubt.
I would consider it as a starting place and stopping place for ideas. The author
referred to it as the “thought rest”, meaning
that it all circles back to how important it is in making our thoughts clear.

The author
speaks about a clear idea as one in which is so clear that it will be familiar
wherever it is seen, heard, etc. and that no matter what you say it won’t be
mistaken for something else. Now to speak about the complete opposite if we are
talking about an idea that isn’t clear enough, it is said to be obscure.  A logician, a person who is skilled in logic, spoke
of ideas being so crystal clear and defined as nothing more than understanding
an idea. I think there are many time in which we either ramble or don’t have enough
supporting facts for an idea that it could easily become obscure. I also think
about work when I think and see emails that might have obscure thoughts not
making it clear to understand. This for me was also something that I wanted to
discuss as it was a new word for me. We also talk about an idea being clear,
but in order for that to happen we must understand such an idea inside and out,
there is no other way to be so clear without such understanding. The author
also spoke about distinct ideas being one that contained nothing that was clear.
I think this is where we could have either a focus group or a discussion group
where we throw out ideas that may not be solid and could be considered distinct
ideas. This is what I would consider technical language; by the contents of an
idea logicians understand whatever is contained in its definition.