I often wonder that more people do not avail themselves of the power of Peirce’s thought. “What are they afraid of?” I ask myself. I find myself asking it that way because there really does seem to be a persistent obstruction or a positive refusal to take that extra step up to the level of 3-adic thinking.
In pursuing that question I have found a few sources that seem to help with the answer. First and foremost would have to be Dewey’s Quest for Certainty. The next source that comes to mind would be the work of Sorrentino and Roney on individual differences in orientations to uncertainty.
- Dewey, John (1929), The Quest for Certainty : A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action, Minton, Balch, and Company, New York, NY. Reprinted, pp. 1–254 in John Dewey, The Later Works, 1925–1953, Volume 4 : 1929, Jo Ann Boydston (ed.), Harriet Furst Simon (text. ed.), Stephen Toulmin (intro.), Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL, 1984.
- Sorrentino, Richard M., and Roney, Christopher J.R. (2000), The Uncertain Mind : Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown, (Essays in Social Psychology, Miles Hewstone (ed.)), Taylor and Francis, Philadelphia, PA. Preview.