Strands of System

Strands of System: The Philosophy of Charles Pierce

Douglas R. Anderson
Copyright Date: 1995
Published by: Purdue University Press
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    Strands of System
    Book Description:

    Strands of System provides an accessible overview of Peirce's systematic philosophy for those who are beginning to explore his thinking and its import for more recent trends in philosophy.

    eISBN: 978-1-61249-180-6
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-x)
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. CHAPTER ONE Biographical Sketch
    (pp. 1-25)

    Charles Sanders Peirce routinely described thinking as a dialogue between one’s self and one’s critical self: “thinking always proceeds in the form of a dialogue—a dialogue between different phases of theego—so that, being dialogical, it is essentially composed of signs, as its matter, in the same sense in which a game of chess has the chessmen for its matter” (CP, 4.6).¹ The career of thought itself, he suggested, takes place through the dynamic inquiry of a community of inquirers in ongoing dialogue. Occasionally Peirce indicated that writing functioned as a degenerate or weakened form of reasoning. A...

  6. CHAPTER TWO Strands of System
    (pp. 26-67)

    There are at least two reasons why the notion of strands of system is appropriate to Peirce’s life’s work. The first is his claim that philosophy proceeds not from a single premise or set of premises along a single thread of reasoning but inductively, gathering from experience what it can and braiding it into a cable of belief. He first stated this in “Some Consequences of Four Incapacities” in 1868 when responding to Descartes’s method: “Its [philosophy’s] reasoning should not form a chain which is no stronger than its weakest link, but a cable whose fibers may be ever so...

  7. CHAPTER THREE The Fixation of Belief
    (pp. 68-117)

    Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already. But I observe that this satisfaction is limited to one’s own ratiocination, and does not extend to that of other men.

    We come to the full possession of our power of drawing inferences the last of all our faculties, for it is not so much a natural gift as a long and difficult art. The history of its practice would make a grand subject for a book. The mediaeval schoolmen, following the Romans, made logic the earliest of a boy’s...

  8. CHAPTER FOUR A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God
    (pp. 118-186)

    The word “God,” so “capitalised” (as we Americans say), isthedefinable proper name, signifyingEns necessarium;in my belief Really creator of all three Universes of Experience.

    Some words shall herein be capitalised when used, not as vernacular, but as terms defined. Thus an “idea” is the substance of an actual unitary thought or fancy; but “Idea,” nearer Plato’s idea of ἰδέα, denotes anything whose Being consists in its mere capacity for getting fully represented, regardless of any person’s faculty or impotence to represent it.

    “Real” is a word invented in the thirteenth century to signify having Properties,i.e....

  9. APPENDIX Notes on Peirce Literature
    (pp. 187-192)
    (pp. 193-198)
  11. INDEX
    (pp. 199-212)
  12. Back Matter
    (pp. 213-213)