Communities Of Inquiry

Kory Spencer Sorrell

in Representative Practices

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223541
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235582 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Communities Of Inquiry

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The focus of this chapter is on the conditions under which members of actual communities construct representations using descriptive accounts, and it offers some normative guidelines to show how these practices can be improved. The term representation itself has changed in its significance and is more broadly understood as a practice that functions as a narrative to address the problems of authority in representation. The problems that Peirce saw when he introduced authority into the representation practices are, first, that it amounts to another form of intuitionism, and second, that the normative value of authority lies only in its reasonableness, which is not normally addressed in the introduction of an account of representation. A more important context of this chapter is the approach that offers a criterion to the community by which they may discern who is responsibly representing their conditions and who is giving free rein to bias and preference.

Keywords: authority; representation; Peirce; intuitionism; communities

Chapter.  15040 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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