The Principle of Pragmatism: Peirce’s Formulations and Examples

Christopher Hookway

in The Pragmatic Maxim

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199588381
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745089 | DOI:
The Principle of Pragmatism: Peirce’s Formulations and Examples

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Charles Peirce's pragmatic maxim is a rule for obtaining reflective clarity about the contents of concepts and hypotheses. The chapter identifies and compares a number of different formulations of the maxim and discusses the relations between them. It also examines his examples of pragmatic clarifications in order to better understand these formulations. It is concluded that the formulations are illuminating but often unclear. This is because Peirce sought a ‘strict proof’ of the maxim and thought that it could only be formulated rigorously with the aid of this proof.

Keywords: Peirce; pragmatic maxim; formulations of the maxim; proof; clarification

Chapter.  8894 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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