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Philosophical Writings of Peirce

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"An excellent, discerning introduction. It should prove a real boon to the student of Peirce." — The Modern Schoolman
Charles S. Peirce was a thinker of great originality and power. Although unpublished in his lifetime, he was recognized as an equal by such men as William James and John Dewey and, since his death in 1914, has come to the forefront of American philosophy. Th
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Published March 18th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published June 1st 1955)
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Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-philosophy
Goodreads really needs to implement an auto-save feature... Here's what's left anyways,

'The Fixation of Belief'

tackles the idea that many people are already made up in their beliefs and will struggle to change them for a number of reasons. Logic is something few people care to study because it's something will all already engage in. I thought it was interesting that Peirce notes the history of logic and drawing inferences; it's an art that has improved over the centuries. Every major new work o
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad read. Quite dry though. Peirce was a Scotist logician; and that doesn't make for an incredibly enjoyable read. My preference is for the more speculative metaphysical philosophies; but I don't mind studying rigorous epistemology on occasion.
Peirce was the founder of what came to be known as "pragmatism"; or as he later preferred to call it: "pragmaticism", to differentiate his approach from that of William James, who was influenced by Peirce. Peirce was also a pioneer in the study of se
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book by the founder of pragmatism. Bertrand Russell said of him, "Beyond doubt, he was one of the most original minds of the later nineteenth century, and certainly the greatest American thinker ever." He made contributions, years ahead of his time, to mathematics, logic, philosophy, and science. First read this in a philosophy course in college.
May 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Good stuff--he really cruises along until he tries to prove god. Should've let well enough be, Charles.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Peirce is fundamentally necessary. He is not an easy read, but once you start getting a handle on what he was about, it pays off big time.
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Still my favorite philosopher. The way in which these writings are here anthologized is maddening, though.
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I love this book. I had read other philosophers, but he was the first that made me work at understanding, and it was wonderful. He pushes you.
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I've read most of the essays.
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Charles Sanders Peirce (/ˈpɜrs/, like "purse", September 10, 1839 – April 19, 1914) was an American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist, sometimes known as "the father of pragmatism". He was educated as a chemist and employed as a scientist for 30 years. Today he is appreciated largely for his contributions to logic, mathematics, philosophy, scientific methodology, and semiotics, a ...more
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“All human affairs rest upon probabilities, and the same thing is true everywhere. If man were immortal, he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death. But what, without death, would happen to every man, with death must happen to some man . . . It seems to me that we are driven to this, that logicality inexorably requires that our interests shall not be limited. They must not stop at our own fate, but must embrace the whole community.” 2 likes
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