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Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) is rapidly becoming recognized as the greatest American philosopher. At the center of his philosophy was a revolutionary model of the way human beings think. Peirce, a logician, challenged traditional models by describing thoughts not as "ideas" but as "signs," external to the self and without meaning unless interpreted by a subsequent thought. His general theory of signs -- or semiotic -- is especially pertinent to methodologies currently being debated in many disciplines.

This anthology, the first one-volume work devoted to Peirce's writings on semiotic, provides a much-needed, basic introduction to a complex aspect of his work. James Hoopes has selected the most authoritative texts and supplemented them with informative headnotes. His introduction explains the place of Peirce's semiotic in the history of philosophy and compares Peirce's theory of signs to theories developed in literature and linguistics.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. An Essay on the Limits of Religious Thought Written to Prove That We Can Reason upon the Nature of God
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. 2. [A Treatise on Metaphysics]
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. 3. On a New List of Categories
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. 4. Questions concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man
  2. pp. 34-53
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  1. 5. Some Consequences of Four Incapacities
  2. pp. 54-84
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  1. 6. Grounds of Validity of the Laws of Logic: Further Consequences of Four Incapacities
  2. pp. 85-115
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  1. 7. [Eraser's The Works of George Berkeley]
  2. pp. 116-140
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  1. 8. On the Nature of Signs
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. 9. The Fixation of Belief
  2. pp. 144-159
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  1. 10. How to Make Our Ideas Clear
  2. pp. 160-179
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  1. 11. One, Two, Three: Fundamental Categories of Thought and of Nature
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  1. 12. A Guess at the Riddle
  2. pp. 186-202
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  1. 13. James's Psychology
  2. pp. 203-211
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  1. 14. Man's Glassy Essence
  2. pp. 212-230
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  1. 15. Minute Logic
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. 16. Sign
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  1. 17. Lectures on Pragmatism
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  1. 18. ["Pragmatism" Defined]
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  1. 19. Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism
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  1. 20. The Basis of Pragmaticism
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  1. 21. A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God
  2. pp. 260-278
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469616827
Related ISBN
9780807819920
MARC Record
OCLC
864900063
Pages
294
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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