Peirce began to develop his Pragmatism in the eighteen-seventies. He brought it to the notice of the world in the first two of a series of papers, entitled ‘Illustrations of the Logic of Science’, which he started contributing to the Popular Science Monthly in 1877. The first of these papers is called ‘The Fixation of Belief ’ and the second ‘How to Make Our Ideas Clear’. Since they lay down the central lines which Peirce continued to follow, I shall summarize them in some detail. We shall in fact find that all his later philosophy, at least in its pragmatic aspect, is a development or modification of the ideas which they contain.
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