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C.S. Peirce • The Proper Treatment of Hypotheses

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Hume On Miracles” (1901), CP 6.522–547 530.   Now the testing of a hypothesis is usually more or less costly. Not infrequently the whole life’s labor of a number of able men is required to disprove a … Continue reading

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Wherefore Aught?

Re: R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan • Why Is There Something? Here is another one of those eternally recurring ideas echoed inimitably by C.S. Peirce in his sketch of a Cosmogonic Philosophy. It would suppose that in the beginning,—infinitely remote,—there was … Continue reading

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These are the times that try men’s soles

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate … to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • Of Triadic Being

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Some Amazing Mazes, Fourth Curiosity” (c. 1909) Of triadic Being the multitude of forms is so terrific that I have usually shrunk from the task of enumerating them; and for the present purpose such an enumeration would … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • Logic as Semiotic

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Ground, Object, and Interpretant” (c. 1897) Logic, in its general sense, is, as I believe I have shown, only another name for semiotic (σημειωτική), the quasi-necessary, or formal, doctrine of signs.  By describing the doctrine as … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • On the Definition of Logic

Selections from C.S. Peirce, “Carnegie Application” (1902) No. 12.  On the Definition of Logic Logic will here be defined as formal semiotic.  A definition of a sign will be given which no more refers to human thought than does the … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • The Reality of Thirdness

Selections from C.S. Peirce, “Lowell Lectures of 1903”, CP 1.343–349 343.   We may say that the bulk of what is actually done consists of Secondness — or better, Secondness is the predominant character of what has been done.  The immediate … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • Objective Logic

Selections from C.S. Peirce, “Minute Logic” (1902), CP 2.111–118 111.   With Speculative Rhetoric, Logic, in the sense of Normative Semeotic, is brought to a close.  But now we have to examine whether there be a doctrine of signs corresponding to … Continue reading

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A child hears it said that the stove is hot.  But it is not, he says; and, indeed, that central body is not touching it, and only what that touches is hot or cold.  But he touches it, and finds … Continue reading

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Pragmatic Maxim

The pragmatic maxim is a guideline for the practice of inquiry formulated by Charles Sanders Peirce. Serving as a normative recommendation or a regulative principle in the normative science of logic, its function is to guide the conduct of thought toward the achievement of its aims, advising the addressee on an optimal way of “attaining clearness of apprehension”. Continue reading

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