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Strands of System

The Philosophy of Charles Pierce

by Douglas Anderson

Publication Year: 1995

Strands of System provides an accessible overview of Peirce's systematic philosophy for those who are beginning to explore his thinking and its import for more recent trends in philosophy.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: History of Philosophy

Title and Copyright Pages

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pp. vii-ix

While the work of Charles Sanders Peirce has now long been recognized as important, its place in the development of American philosophy, and particularly in the genealogy of pragmatism, is still being carved out. ...

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Notes on Texts and Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xiv

Peirce's writings are to be found in a variety of sources, and I have drawn on many, though of course not all, of them in putting together this book. The standard source for Peirce materials was for many years the Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce, edited by Charles...

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1. Biographical Sketch

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pp. 1-25

Charles Sanders Peirce routinely described thinking as a dialogue between one's self and one's critical self: "thinking always proceeds in the form of a dialogue—a dialogue between different phases of the ego—so that, being dialogical, it is essentially composed of signs, as...

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2. Strands of System

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pp. 26-67

There are at least two reasons why the notion of strands of system is appropriate to Peirce's life's work. The first is his claim that philosophy proceeds not from a single premise or set of premises along a single thread of reasoning but inductively, gathering from experience what it...

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3. The Fixation of Belief

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pp. 68-117

Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already. But I observe that this satisfaction is limited to one's own ratiocination, and does not extend to that of other men. ...

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4. A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God

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pp. 118-185

The word "God," so "capitalised" (as we Americans say), is the definable proper name, signifying Ens necessarium; in my belief Really creator of all three Universes of Experience. ...


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pp. 187-191


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pp. 193-197


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pp. 199-204

E-ISBN-13: 9781612491806
E-ISBN-10: 1612491804
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557530592
Print-ISBN-10: 1557530599

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 1995

Series Title: History of Philosophy