Based on what Peirce wrote in R 842 ...
CSP: Taking the general description of it as a minor premiss, and a
certain theory of logic as a major premiss, it will follow by a simple
syllogism that the humble argument is logical and that consequently whoever
acknowledges its premisses need have no scruple in accepting its conclusion.
... I am now inclined to think that the syllogism that he had in mind was
something like this.
Major premiss: Every retroductive conjecture endorsed by instinctive
reason is logical.
Minor premiss: The humble argument for the Reality of God is a
retroductive conjecture endorsed by instinctive reason.
Conclusion: The humble argument for the Reality of God is logical.
Again, this is a relatively modest claim, especially since Peirce clearly
recognized that retroduction is the least secure form of inference.
Jon Alan Schmidt - Olathe, Kansas, USA
Professional Engineer, Amateur Philosopher, Lutheran Layman
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