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The First Thing About Logic
FRL. Discussion Note 1
| Upon this first, and in one sense this sole, rule of reason,
| that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so
| desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to
| think, there follows one corollary which itself deserves
| to be inscribed upon every wall of the city of philosophy:
| Do not block the way of inquiry.
| Although it is better to be methodical in our investigations,
| and to consider the economics of research, yet there is no
| positive sin against logic in 'trying' any theory which
| may come into our heads, so long as it is adopted in
| such a sense as to permit the investigation to go
| on unimpeded and undiscouraged. On the other hand,
| to set up a philosophy which barricades the road
| of further advance toward the truth is the one
| unpardonable offence in reasoning, as it is
| also the one to which metaphysicians have
| in all ages shown themselves the most
| C.S. Peirce, 'Collected Papers', CP 1.135-136.
| From an unpaginated ms. "F. R. L.", circa 1899.
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