Alexander AgudeloLuis A. FonsecaPHI 2604 RS 1.
1 Reading Summary 1.1 – Critical Thinking”How to Make Our Ideas Clear” by Charles S. Pierce To summarizethe main points of the reading of Chapter 16, “How to Make Our Ideas Clear” byCharles S. Pierce I want to start by saying that it’s a great read around thedifferent types of ideas and how to truly be organized in thought. In the essaythe author Charles S. Peirce explains how we can speak about our arguments aseffective as possible. It goes into detail around how to simplify our thoughtsin order to be more effective in communicating our thoughts. Mr.
Pierce explainsthe content differences among clear and obscured conceptions and also betweendistinct and confused conceptions. A general notion of a forming or devising ofa plan or an idea. It gives you the advantage of having a concise and accurateargument in moments when you need them most.
Ithink reading this allowed me to see and understand different thoughts andideas and how interesting it is to understand the multitude of ways we think. Ithink that by understanding the way that we think and how it functions, in turnit allows us to filter out things to make ideas clear and beneficial for us. Ican honestly see how this can be affective in my day to day at work or even assomething to bring up as discussion. At the end of chapter 16 it mentioned thatthere are three properties of beliefs. The first of the beliefs is something weare all aware of, for example oxygen. The second belief talks about how itappeases the irritation of doubt, I think we are all looking at how we can bemore precise and less doubtful and or irritable. Then finally the last one, thebelief involves the establishment in our nature of a rule of action, this iswhat 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 authorreferred to it as the “thought rest”, meaningthat it all circles back to how important it is in making our thoughts clear.The authorspeaks about a clear idea as one in which is so clear that it will be familiarwherever it is seen, heard, etc. and that no matter what you say it won’t bemistaken for something else. Now to speak about the complete opposite if we aretalking about an idea that isn’t clear enough, it is said to be obscure.
A logician, a person who is skilled in logic, spokeof ideas being so crystal clear and defined as nothing more than understandingan idea. I think there are many time in which we either ramble or don’t have enoughsupporting facts for an idea that it could easily become obscure. I also thinkabout work when I think and see emails that might have obscure thoughts notmaking it clear to understand. This for me was also something that I wanted todiscuss 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 authoralso 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 groupwhere we throw out ideas that may not be solid and could be considered distinctideas.
This is what I would consider technical language; by the contents of anidea logicians understand whatever is contained in its definition.