Cross-paradigm communication, like cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural communication, can be difficult. Sometimes people do not even recognize the existence of other paradigms, disciplines, cultures, long before it comes to the question of their value. Readers of Peirce know he often uses important words in more primordial senses than later came into fashion. Other times his usage embodies a distinct analysis of the concept in question. More than once I’ve found myself remarking how Peirce “anticipates” some strikingly “modern” idea in logic, mathematics, or science, only to find its roots lay deep in the history of thought. Whether he anticipates a future sense or preserves an ancient sense is not always easy to answer.
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