Peirce and Value Theory: On Peircian Ethics and Aesthetics

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Herman Parret
John Benjamins Publishing, 1994 - Philosophy - 381 pages
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Most of the essays collected in this book were presented at the Charles S. Peirce Sesquicentennial Congress (Harvard University, September 1989). The volume is devoted to themes within Peirce's value theory and offers a comprehensive view of less known aspects of his influential philosophy, in particular Peirce's work on ethics and aesthetics.The book is divided in four sections. Section I discusses the status of ethics as a normative science and its relation with logic; some applications are presented, e.g. in the field of bioethics. Section II investigates the specific position of Peircean aesthetics with regard to classical American philosophy, especially Buchler, to Husserlian phenomenology, and to European structuralism (Saussure, Jakobson). Section III contains papers on internal aspects of Peirce's aesthetics and its place in his thought. The final section presents applications of Peirce's aesthetic theory: analyses of visual art (mainly paintings), of literary texts and of musical meaning.
 

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Contents

The Practical Significance of Peirces Normative Science
3
New Directions for Ethical Theory
17
CS Peirceand Philosophical Ethics
27
A Peircean Account of Moral Judgments
39
What Logic Can Learn From Ethics
49
A Peircean Pragmatic for the Clinical Setting
61
Desire and the Ethics of the Sign
73
II Peirces Aesthetics in the Context of Philosophical Thought
83
The Threshold
191
Configurations and Space Relations
215
The Logic Ethics and Aesthetics of Geometrical Construction
229
IV Peirces Aesthetics and its Applications
243
A Semiotic Study of Aesthèsis
245
Representation and Intersemiosis
255
Peirce and Literary Studies with Special Emphasis on the Theories of the Prague Linguistic Circle
277
Scientific Fiction and Literary Fiction
301

The Primacy of the Aesthetic in Peirce and Classic American Philosophy
85
Peirce and Buchler on Aesthetic Meaning
99
Abduction Apperception and Aesthetics
113
Towards a Synthetic View of the Aesthetic Function
123
Some Reflections on Peirces Aesthetics from a Structuralist Point of View
143
III Peirces Aesthetics in the Context of his Thought
153
The Place of Peirces Esthetic in his Thought and in the Tradition of Aesthetics
155
Peircean Fragments on the Aesthetic Experience
179
Origin in the Peircean Interpretation of a Painting
313
Can Peirce be Applied to Music?
335
A Peircean Perspective on the Growth of Markedness and Musical Meaning
349
References
359
Index of Names
373
Index of Subjects
377
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