Triadic Philosophy Suggests One Way to Think Well




Peirce is moving deeply into a theory of inquiry which is his basis for performing competent research. Triadic Philosophy suggests that inquiry is well and good and theories are well and good. But it is also well and good to use the Peircean terms for ways of logical thinking for ordinary ethical considering.

Deduction is arriving at a conclusion that is more or less obvious at the beginning.

We can, I believe, deduce from our own capacity to think that goodness is a quality to which we should aspire. Triadic Philosophy lives by this deduction.

Induction is a selection of items or possibilities or choices that that may be relevant to a consideration.

In Triadic Philosophy this index is made up of what it sees as universal action values — tolerance, helpfulness and democracy. The reasons for these choices and for asserting that they are complementary are included in the foundation work Triadic Philosophy 565 Aphorisms.

We can by means of induction arrive at this index.

Abduction which relates to the natural capacity of the mind to summon up a sense of truth regarding what cannot be immediately ascertained. It is an educated guess.

For example, we do not know there will be a baseball season, but by abduction we can guess not only that there will be, but assign to it all manner of characteristics.

We can by abduction arrive at the relevance of reducing harm in decision making and determining a course in life.

It is the goal of Triadic Philosophy, by means of data research, to deduce things and make such deductions forceful in the world by means of messaging.

Simple example:

If we know more and more about the ravages of sexual intimidation and violence we can more and more act to reduce its effects. But we arrive at effectiveness by means of climbing the ladder from abduction to induction to deduction.

The one way to think well is to think in the first place and to apply logic to the process of thinking and to understand logic as the application of the three approaches named here.

Peirce: CP 2.106 Cross-Ref:††

106. Many persons will think that there are other ways of acquiring skill in the art of inquiry which will be more instructive than the logical study of the theory of inquiry. That may be; I shall not dispute it; for it would carry me far beyond the confines of my province. I only claim that however much one may learn in other ways of the method of attacking an unfamiliar problem, something may be added to that knowledge by considering the general theory of how research must be performed. At the same time, it is this theory itself, for itself, which will here be the principal object.