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Charles Sanders Peirce

Albert Atkin

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0089
Charles Sanders Peirce

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Charles Sanders Peirce (b. 1839–d. 1914) was a polymathic but influential thinker who is widely regarded as America’s first great philosopher. His work and interests are broad and multifaceted, but his greatest and most interesting philosophical achievements include playing a foundational role in the pragmatist movement, an approach to philosophy characterized by its concern with the practical upshots of our philosophical concepts; developing a pragmatist account of truth and inquiry; playing a central role in the development of modern formal logics; developing a sophisticated view of science and scientific practice; inventing a complex and influential account of signification and representation; and developing deep and interesting accounts of metaphysics. Despite these achievements, his work is arguably still underestimated and under-explored, due in part to the details of his life and availability of his work. Nonetheless, there is a wealth of interesting literature in many of these areas, and lively research on Peirce, his philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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