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.