Charles Sanders Peirce on Ignorance and Error

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"A child hears it said that the stove is hot. But it is not, he says; and, indeed, that central body is not touching it, and only what that touches is hot or cold. But he touches it, and finds the testimony confirmed in a striking way. Thus, he becomes aware of ignorance, and it is necessary to suppose a self in which this ignorance can inhere. …

"In short, error appears, and it can be explained only by supposing a self which is fallible.

"Ignorance and error are all that distinguish our private selves from the absolute ego of pure apperception."

— Charles S. Peirce • “Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed For Man”"

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