Living Doubt

Living Doubt : Essays concerning the epistemology of Charles Sanders Peirce

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Charles Sanders Peirce (1839--1914) has often been referred to as one of the most important North American philosophers, but the real extent of his philosophical importance is only now beginning to emerge. Peirce's `pragmaticism' (his own term) may provide the key to an epistemological theory which avoids both the Scylla of foundationalism and the Charybdis of relativism. Peirce's `Logic', linked to a conception of knowledge and of science, is increasingly coming to be recognised as the only possible one.
In Living Doubt, 26 papers are presented by some of the world's leading philosophers, demonstrating the rich and cosmopolitan variety of approach to Peirce's epistemology. The contributions are grouped under three general headings: Knowledge, truth and the pragmatic principle; Peirce and the epistemological tradition; and Knowledge, language and semeiotic.
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  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1994 ed.
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 324 p. 1 illus.
  • 0792328981
  • 9780792328988
  • 1,615,655

Table of contents

Preface. Abbreviations. Introduction; G. Debrock. Part I: Knowledge, Truth and the Pragmatic Principle. The Products of Pragmatism; L. Hickman. Realism and Antifoundationalism; T.M. Olshewsky. Foundations, Circularity, and Transcendental Arguments; H. Palmer. Some Aspects of Peirce's Theory of Knowledge; Qiwei Chen. Determinate Meaning and Analytic Truth; B. Aune. Peirce's Arguments for his Pragmaticistic Maxim; Yunqiu Wu. Evolutionary Epistemology and Pragmatism; L.F. Werth. The Antinomy of the Liar and the Concept of `True Proposition' in Peirce's Semeiotic; F. Rivetti-Barbo. The Concept of Relation in Peirce; R.F. Leo. Pragmatics and Semiotics: the Peircean Version of Ontology and Epistemology; K. Lorenz. Peirce's Epistemology as a Generalized Theory of Language; A. Kremer-Marietti. Part II: Peirce and the Epistemological Tradition. Peircean vs. Aristotelian Conception of Truth; R. Wojcicki. Reason, Will and Belief: Insights from Duns Scotus and C.S. Peirce; G.E. Whitney. Peirce and Descartes; H. Buczynska-Garewicz. Peirce and Bolzano; T.G. Winner. Peirce and Wittgenstein's On Certainty; A.E. Johanson. Peirce, Lakatos and Truth; Lan Zheng. Logical Intention and Comparative Principles of Empirical Logic; E.M. Barth. Peirce's Puzzle and Putnam's Progress: Why Should I be Reasonable? R.W. Sleeper. Peirce and Davidson: Man is his Language; K. Ito. Part III: Knowledge, Language and Semeiotic. Peirce's Semeiotic Naturalism; Tianji Jiang. Perception, Conception and Linguistic Reproduction of Events and Time: the Category of Verbal Aspect in the Light of C.S. Peirce's Theory ofSigns; N.B. Thelin. A Survey of the Use and Usefulness of Peirce in Linguistics, in France in particular; J. Rethore. Color as Abstraction; J.F. Vericat. Index.
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