Interrogatives and Uncontrollable Abductions

Christopher Hookway

in The Pragmatic Maxim

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199588381
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745089 | DOI:
Interrogatives and Uncontrollable Abductions

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Throughout his career, Peirce denied that psychology could make any contribution to normative logic. After clarification of the anti-psychologist position, the chapter evaluates Peirce’s arguments against psychologism. Peirce’s objections to using psychology in logic are manifested most clearly in his detailed criticisms of John Dewey’s new approach to logical theory which drew on Darwinian ideas and sought a rapprochement between logic and psychology. Peirce’s own approach to logical theory involved using phenomenology to identify a system of categories and then using the result to provide foundations for the normative sciences of aesthetics, ethics, and logic.

Keywords: psychologism; logic; Peirce; Dewey; Sigwart; phenomenology; categories; Darwinianism

Chapter.  6135 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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