Traditions of Innovation and Improvisation: <i>Jazz as Metaphor, Philosophy as Jazz Vincent Colapietro</i>

Vincent Colapietro

in The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242443
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823250769 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Traditions of Innovation and Improvisation: Jazz as Metaphor, Philosophy as Jazz Vincent Colapietro

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This chapter examines the normative thought of Charles S. Peirce, more precisely, three normative aspects of the Peircean Project: the spirit of playfulness; a sense of the sacred; and an intensified consciousness of human fallibility. It discusses how the spirit of Peirce is, in critical respects, akin to that of such musicians as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Randy Weston.

Keywords: normative thought; spirit of playfulness; the sacred; human fallibility; jazz musicians

Chapter.  10144 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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