The Power of Peirce’s Thought : 1

I often wonder that more people do not avail themselves of the power of Peirce’s thought.  “What are they afraid of?” I ask myself.  I find myself asking it that way because there really does seem to be a persistent obstruction or a positive refusal to take that extra step up to the level of 3-adic thinking.

In pursuing that question I have found a few sources that seem to help with the answer.  First and foremost would have to be Dewey’s Quest for Certainty.  The next source that comes to mind would be the work of Sorrentino and Roney on individual differences in orientations to uncertainty.

  • Dewey, John (1929), The Quest for Certainty : A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action, Minton, Balch, and Company, New York, NY.  Reprinted, pp. 1–254 in John Dewey, The Later Works, 1925–1953, Volume 4 : 1929, Jo Ann Boydston (ed.), Harriet Furst Simon (text. ed.), Stephen Toulmin (intro.), Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL, 1984.
  • Sorrentino, Richard M., and Roney, Christopher J.R. (2000), The Uncertain Mind : Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown, (Essays in Social Psychology, Miles Hewstone (ed.)), Taylor and Francis, Philadelphia, PA.  Preview.
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2 Responses to The Power of Peirce’s Thought : 1

  1. George Berger says:

    Thanks for reminding me of Dewey’s book. I often find Dewey wordy or unreadable, especially “Experience and Nature,” but this book coincides with some of my special interests.

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      Way back when I was first beginning my studies of Peirce, my philosophy advisor would often recommend readings from Dewey. But I had trouble understanding why Dewey would spend so much time saying over and over in different variations on every theme what Peirce would say in capsule form, or even just a diagram.

      These days, I’m beginning to see how that can happen to a person …

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