In this Book

Conversations on Peirce
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The essays in this book have grown out of conversations between the authors and their colleagues and students over the last 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 Josiah Royce. The essays aims to invite others to consider the import of these central themes of Peircean thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Conversation I Pragmatism, Idealism, Realism
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. One Peirce on Berkeley’s Nominalistic Platonism
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Two Who’s a Pragmatist Royce, Dewey, and Peirce at the Turn of the Century
  2. pp. 16-43
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  1. Three Two Peircean Realisms Some Comments on Margolis
  2. pp. 44-57
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  1. Four The Degeneration of Pragmatism Peirce, Dewey, Rorty
  2. pp. 58-72
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  1. Conversation II Perception and Inquiry
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Five Peirce’s Dynamical Object Realism as Process Philosophy
  2. pp. 75-99
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  1. Six Another Radical Empiricism: Peirce 1903
  2. pp. 100-113
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  1. Seven Peirce on Interpretation
  2. pp. 114-131
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  1. Eight Peirce and Pearson The Aims of Inquiry
  2. pp. 132-146
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  1. Conversation III Cultural Considerations
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. Nine The Pragmatic Importance of Peirce’s Religious Writings
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. Ten Realism and Idealism in Peirce’s Cosmogony
  2. pp. 166-177
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  1. Eleven Love of Nature The Generality of Peircean Concern
  2. pp. 178-190
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  1. Twelve Developmental Theism A Peircean Response to Fundamentalism
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. addendum
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Peirce’s Coefficient of the Science of the Method An Early Form of the Correlation Coefficient
  2. pp. 207-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. American Philosophy
  2. pp. 257-258
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