Alexander It goes into detail around how

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.

I
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 an action, the
application that involves further doubt and thought. It is a stopping place and
starting place for thoughts. Mr. Pierce 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.