Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: <i>Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy</i>

Cornelis de Waal

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)

Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy

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This chapter explores the potential contribution of Peirce's theory of scientific inquiry to moral philosophy. It begins with an outline Peirce's theory of inquiry. It then addresses why Peirce believed that this theory of inquiry is inapplicable to what he called “matters of vital importance,” the latter including genuine moral problems. This presents two options: either to develop an alternative way of addressing moral problems or to reconcile moral problems with scientific inquiry as described by Peirce. Though Peirce seems to argue for the former, the chapter argues for the latter.

Keywords: scientific inquiry; moral problems; moral philosophy; Charles Sanders Peirce

Chapter.  7409 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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