Peirce and Pragmatism: American Connections

Douglas Anderson

in The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219315
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Peirce and Pragmatism: American Connections

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For Peirce, as for Aristotle and Hegel, philosophy was a historical practice. It was not, however, historicist. Each philosopher's task was to engage in a dialogue with the history of philosophy from the perspective of her or his own present doubts and beliefs. This was the basis for Peirce's well-known emphasis on the importance of a community of inquirers who would work together through history to try to advance on the truth. Thus, for Peirce, philosophy was an evolutionary and developmental cultural practice and process.

Keywords: community of inquirers; doubts and beliefs; cultural practice; cultural process; Peirce; realism

Article.  8956 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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