Individuals and Individuality
Individuals and Individuality criticizes Hegel’s theory of dialectic for eliminating the possibility of irreducible individuality. The argument then goes on to defend and expand Peirce’s theory of firstness, secondness, and thirdness as a more nearly adequate account of individuality. The discussion culminates with an interpretation of art as illustrating the essence of individuality.
Brian Martine lays a foundation for a more complex discussion of what it means to be individual. This book provides an elegant account of the nature of the individual, without reducing it to a cluster of universals or claiming that it is a bare particular that must be acknowledged but never articulated. Martine gets in between universality and individuality in both a sensitive and responsible fashion.
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Absolute Knowledge appears arise articulated aspect assertion assume attempt bare particular becomes beginning Boler C. S. Peirce called categories of relations certainty Cezanne chapter character characterized Charles Peirce claim Common Nature complete considered context deny describe determinate dialectical dimension discrete and self-contained discursive thought discussion dissolves dividual duated dyadic relation existence experience extent facet fundamental G. W. F. Hegel ground haecceity Hegelian Ibid immediacy immediate inasmuch individual insist intelligible interpretation kind of relation laws least means mediated relations mediatory framework metaphysical mode negation never not-being notion objection to Hegel opposition participate particular Peirce Peircean perhaps phenomena Phenomenology Phenomenology of Spirit phenomenon philosophical point of view position possible present radical recognize refer reflection relationship result Riley Science of Logic Scotus Secondness seems seen sense simply sort speak stand structure thing Thirdness triadic Triadic relations try to show understanding understood vidual Wallace Stevens