In this lecture, which was first published in 1877, Peirce tackles the method of scientific enquiry. He defends its priority in comparison with other methods of establishing belief. Of these he defines a total of three: the method of obstinacy, the method of authority and the a priori method. All of these have their advantages, but the method of enquiry, the logical method, has, when establishing opinion, the undeniable advantage that it is not produced by anything human, but rather by a certain outer permanence by something which our thinking has no influence on.
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