Some Problems and Possibilities for Theism in Peirce’s ‘Neglected Argument’
School of Economics and Business Administration
Organizations and Responsible Business
Conference or event title
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
San Diego, CA
I argue that Peirce’s “Neglected Argument” has resources for understanding theistic belief, but these resources need additional support. Firstly, Peirce’s argument doesn’t establish everything a theist would desire, but it does lay at least some of the groundwork for establishing the rationality of theism and the possibility of the moral transformation of humans toward God’s “Holy Will.” Peirce arrives at something closer to deism than theism (with some caveats) in the “Neglected Argument,” but by describing the structure of coming into belief in God, he leaves open the space for a more robustly theistic account of belief. Secondly, this argument for the rationality of theistic belief could be enhanced further only insofar as other ontological conditions are laid out, conditions he does not supply sufficiently. Once these are offered, however, belief in God becomes a more plausible proposal.
Wolcott, Gregory. Some Problems and Possibilities for Theism in Peirce’s ‘Neglected Argument’ (2014). American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting. San Diego, CA. [presentation]. http://digitalcommons.stmarys-ca.edu/school-economics-business-faculty-works/96
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