The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God (G)’


…belief is essentially satisfactory; and the state of Cartesian doubt is mere pretence or self-deception. For real doubt is most distressing, and nobody can pass from the naturally satisfied state of belief to a state of distressing doubt, unless some still stronger belief forces him to doubt. We cannot pass from satisfaction to dissatisfaction from sheer dissatisfaction with satisfaction.

1908 [c.]
MS [R] 842:19-20
‘Doubt’ (pub. 13.01.15-16:53). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 13, 2015, 16:53 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 04, 2016, 12:14 by Mats Bergman