Conversations on Peirce Reals and Ideals

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-14
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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The essays in this book have grown out of conversations between the authors--and their colleagues and students--over the past decade and a half. Their germinal question concerned the ways in which Charles Sanders Peirce was and was not both an idealist and a realist. The dialogue began as an exploration of Peirce's explicit uses of these ideas and then turned to consider the way in which answers to the initial question shed light on other dimensions of Peirce's architectonic. The essays explore the nature of semiotic interpretation, perception, and inquiry. Moreover, considering the roles of idealism and realism in Peirce's thought led to considerations of Peirce's place in the historical development of pragmatism. The authors find his realism turning sharply against the nominalistic conceptions of science endorsed both explicitly and implicitly by his nonpragmatist contemporaries. And they find his version of pragmatism holding a middle ground between the thought of John Dewey and that of Josiah Royce. The essays aims to invite others to consider the import of these central themes of Peircean thought.

Author Biography

Douglas R. Anderson is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His recent books include Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture (Fordham). Carl R. Hausman taught at Pennsylvania State University until his retirement. He is the author of Charles S. Peirce's Evolutionary Philosophy; Metaphor and Art: Interactionism and Reference in the Verbal and Nonverbal Arts; and Discourse on Novelty and Creation.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Conversation I: Pragmatism, Idealism, Realism
Peirce on Berkeley's Nominalistic Platonismp. 3
Who's a Pragmatist: Royce, Dewey, and Peirce at the Turn of the Centuryp. 16
Two Peircean Realisms: Some Comments on Margolisp. 44
The Degeneration of Pragmatism: Peirce, Dewey, Rortyp. 58
Perception and Inquiry
Peirce's Dynamical Object: Realism as Process Philosophyp. 75
Another Radical Empiricism: Peirce 1903p. 100
Peirce on Interpretationp. 114
Peirce and Pearson: The Aims of Inquiryp. 132
Cultural Considerations
The Pragmatic Importance of Peirce's Religious Writingsp. 149
Realism and Idealism in Peirce's Cosmogonyp. 166
Love of Nature: The Generality of Peircean Concernp. 178
Developmental Theism: A Peircean Response to Fundamentalismp. 191
Peirce's Coefficient of the Science of the Method: An Early Form of the Correlation Coefficientp. 207
Notesp. 231
Referencesp. 245
Indexp. 253
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