The Law of Mind, Association, and Sympathy

Lara Trout

in The Politics of Survival

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232956
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235803 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

The Law of Mind, Association, and Sympathy

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This chapter examines the concepts of sympathy and association in Charles S. Peirce's Monist Cosmology Series and Association Writings published in the 1890s. In these publications, Peirce presents a synechistic individual who emerges as a potential source of novelty because of her unique experience and creativity. This chapter provides an affectivity- and social criticism-focused interpretation of key insights in Peirce's essays in relation to the synechistic individual and the community. It also shows that agape provides an insightful communal ideal especially for those in hegemonic groups who need to practice loving concern and openness toward community members in non-hegemonic groups.

Keywords: Charles S. Peirce; Monist; synechistic individual; agape; communal ideal

Chapter.  18614 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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