Abstract

Peirce’s early essay ‘On a New List of Categories’ has been claimed to be essential reading for those who would understand his philosophy, even that it is the ‘keystone’ of his ‘system’. I argue that the essay is critical to the evolution of his thought but that reading it is not essential to understanding his other writings; in fact, his later writings contradict it. Peirce’s own claim that this essay contains his ‘one contribution to philosophy’ has been misunderstood.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9587
Print ISSN
0009-1774
Pages
pp. 267-298
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-31
Open Access
No
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