Representative Practices: Peirce, Pragmatism, and Feminist Epistemology
Although widely recognized as founder and key figure in the current re-emergence of pragmatism, Charles Peirce is rarely brought into contemporary dialogue. In this book, Kory Sorrell shows that Peirce has much to offer contemporary debate and deepens the value of Peirce's view of representation in light of feminist epistemology, philosophy of science, and cultural anthropology.
Drawing also on William James and John Dewey, Sorrell identifies ways in which bias, authority, and purpose are ineluctable constituents of shared representation. He nevertheless defends Peirce's realistic account of representation, showing how the independently real world both constrains social representation and informs its content.
Most importantly, Sorrell shows how members of a given community not only represent but transform a shared world--and how those practices of representation may, and should, be improved.
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abstract according to Peirce agents arbitrary argues authority body carnaval chapter Charlotte Bunch Colapietro community of inquiry conception concrete constraint construction constructivism context criticism cultural determinate develop Dewey discussion distinction epistemology ethics example existing things experience fact fallibilism feminist forms of mediation further habits Hartsock human inclusive independent individual inquiry insists interaction interpretant italics James John Dewey kind knowledge laws logical Margolis means metaphysics mind multiple nature nominalist normative normative science oncomouse ontology participate particular Peirce claims Peirce writes Peirce's approach Peirce's view Peircean persons phenomenology philosophical position possible practices of representation pragmatic pragmatists problems produced qualities question realism reality reason refers relation repre represent Richard Rorty Rorty secondness semeiotic semiosis sense sentation shared signified sort specific standpoint theory suggests symbol theory thirdness thought tion transform triadic triadic relation trichotomies understanding