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Sketcher of various interrelated fourfolds.

Pragmatic Maxim variations

February 28, 2007.
Consider what effects, which might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to have. Then the whole of our conception of those effects is the whole of our conception of the object. --The Pragmatic Maxim as stated by C.S. Peirce, 1878.

Should the involvement of the word "conceivable" be seen to depend on the Pragmatic Maxim's being concerned with the clarification of a conception? Does the pragmatic clarification of a belief proceed in terms of believable experiences with believable practical bearing? (I mentioned this more or less in the affirmative at the peirce-l email forum on August 18, 2006 http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.philosophy.peirce/1310 and August 22, 2006 http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.philosophy.peirce/1333).

Let's try it:

Does it work?

It appears to me that the idea of "might" should be varied correspondingly. Something like "may believably have," "appear understandably to have," and "do knowably have." Be that as it may, the question remains, does the basic idea in this post work?

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