There is no absolute infallibility




There is no point in mincing words. Perspectivism, whatever we wish to call it, is default now. So is Reality is all, but many will not accept that. To buttress these bases of Triadic Philosophy, read the simple, honest and true observation of C. S. Peirce that “there is nothing at all in our knowledge which we have any warrant at all for regarding as absolute in any particular.”


“Every assertion but this is fallible.”

Peirce goes on to give inference its due. It tends to provide a reasonable basis for ethical decisions and assurances like the fact that when I hit this key the word key will commence to appear on the screen before my eyes. We are inference creatures and from inference comes most of our philosophy.

So what is the use of this to Triadic Philosophy? It provides assurance for the assertion that the dominant, ontological, universal value which is non-idolatry has logical legs. Non-idolatry would save us from Charlie Hebdo moments. That is to say the practice of the value would be a brake on all actions that assume there is license to kill.

We would do better on climate change if we credited the inferential capacities of the bulk of scientists and better on the economy if those whose actions harm its workings would turn down their idolatry of themselves and their money.

The fear of moral relativism is trumped in Triadic Philosophy by its contention that Reality, Ethics and Aesthetics is THE root triad and that Tolerence, Helpfulness and Democracy are its efficacious action values resting on the sure foundation of Non-idolatry. And that conscious thought will lead, when passed through this skein, to Expressions and Actions that tend toward Truth and Beauty. None of this is absolute but experience is capable of providing a pragmaticist validation that Triadic Philosophy takes as the closest thing to certainty in a fallible universe.

Peirce: CP 2.75 Cross-Ref:††

75. Twelfthly: Everyday experience, such as presses in upon every man, at every hour of his life, is open to no other doubt than that it may not have been correctly formulated in general terms. This must be the main source of what little matter of fact logic has occasion to assert. There still live men who talk of experience not yielding absolute certainty, absolute universality, absolute necessity, absolute precision. No; but there is nothing at all in our knowledge which we have any warrant at all for regarding as absolute in any particular. Absolute infallibility may belong to the pope and the ecumenical councils: it is outside my province to discuss that question. But I am quite confident it does not belong to the multiplication table. If I must make any exception, let it be that the assertion that every assertion but this is fallible, is the only one that is absolutely infallible. But though nothing else is absolutely infallible, many propositions are practically infallible; such as the dicta of conscience. As for those things which are known by everyday experience, let him doubt them who can lay his hand on his heart and say that he does doubt them. For the rest of us, it would be mendacity to say that our degree of assurance of them is unsatisfactory.