You Say “Réseau” • I Say “Rousseau” • 2

Re: Michael HarrisMy RéseauNetworks in Action in French Economics

No true Peircean could fail to be reminded of the following statement whenever the subjects of community or reality come up.

The real, then, is that which, sooner or later, information and reasoning would finally result in, and which is therefore independent of the vagaries of me and you.  Thus, the very origin of the conception of reality shows that this conception essentially involves the notion of a COMMUNITY, without definite limits, and capable of an indefinite increase of knowledge.  (Peirce 1868, CP 5.311).


Peirce, C.S. (1868), “Some Consequences of Four Incapacities”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy 2 (1868), 140–157. Reprinted (Collected Papers 5.264–317), (Writings 2, 211–242), (Essential Peirce 1, 28–55).  Online.

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2 Responses to You Say “Réseau” • I Say “Rousseau” • 2

  1. For such a cranky old bastard, Peirce is certainly the Unexpected Communitarian. But he is certainly a Communitarian. Royce’s “Problems of Christianity” is built on Peirce’s work, and King got his concept of “the Beloved Community” from Royce.

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