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Philosophy has three grand divisions.

The Slow as Molasses Press
Drawn from the writingsof Charles Sanders Peirce
121. Philosophy has three grand divisions. The first is Phenomenology, which simply contemplates the Universal Phenomenon and discerns its ubiquitous elements, Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness, together perhaps with other series of categories. The second grand division is Normative Science, which investigates the universal and necessary laws of the relation of Phenomena to Ends, that is, perhaps, to Truth, Right, and Beauty. The third grand division is Metaphysics, which endeavors to comprehend the Reality of Phenomena. Now Reality is an affair of Thirdness as Thirdness, that is, in its mediation between Secondness and Firstness. Most, if not all of you, are, I doubt not, Nominalists; and I beg you will not take offence at a truth which is just as plain and undeniable to me as is the truth that children do not understand human life. To be a nominalist consists in the undeveloped state in one's mind of t…

On Knowing Nothing

The Slow as Molasses Press
I know nothingof how anything worksI do not understandmotionMotion is a mysteryWhat makes things gois not on mydance cardI do not know
I know nothingof how anything isEven of love by whichI live and breatheIt is a mystery

What all this says to meis nothing but thisThat I do not knowThat knowledge itselfis a presumptionthat should produceskads of laughterhidden for the sakeof being recondite
Being reconditenow that is somethingthat I knowIt is the artof getting bywhen someone does notknowand thinks hedoesExcept that Iget by not knowing anythingat all