MS 843 (1908) - A Neglected Argument - Fragments

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A NEGLECTED ARGUMENT FOR THE REALITY OF GOD.

"'God,' in what sense?" you ask? When so 'capitalized' (as we Americans say,) it is, in this paper, the definable proper noun, i.e. Ens necessarium, whether Real or not: He Who is supposedly creating the three Universes of Experience.

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A NEGLECTED ARGUMENT FOR THE REALITY OF GOD.

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That which I shall designate 'The Neglected Argument,' like many processes of thought tending to produce belief, and so essentially 'arguments,' is not of a kind to be set down in propositions. It arises straight from unformulated experiences; and is incapable of statement. It must be thought out, and here to be described merely, or sketched rather. I postpone discussing its logic until after sketching it;

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What I call 'The Neglected Argument,' like many processes of thought reasonably productive of belief, and so essentially arguments, is not capable of statement in propositions, but arises directly from unformulated observations, and is here merely to be roughly described. After doing so, I will discuss its logic.

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By Experience, I mean any conscious effect contributing to a habit satisfactory and selfcontrolled yet destructible by no exercise of intellectual vigor but only by deadening one's powers. Thus if a little child inserts its finger into a flame, it will Experience a feeling which will contribute to form a habit of keeping his finger out of flames. It will be self-controlled, since he could easily behave in the contrary way; but he will be too well satisfied with the habit to do so. He cannot by any means rid himself of his antipathy to putting his finger into flame, unless he becomes insane or intoxicated: the effect is destructible only by deadening his cognitive powers.

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O.45

distinction, though Real, is somewhat indefinite. (All distinctions are so in the last analysis, including that between the definite and the indefinite.) The purpose of the second stage of inquiry is to find experiential consequents of the hypothesis, that is conditional predictions as to what would necessarily be observable, if the hypothesis should be true, and under recognizable conditions capable of being found or brought about. A store of such having been provided, the third, and last, Stage of inquiry is entered upon

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