Charles Sanders Peirce: a life

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Indiana University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
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Charles Sanders Peirce was born in September 1839 and died five months before the guns of August 1914. He is perhaps the most important mind the United States has ever produced. He made significant contributions throughout his life as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, surveyor, cartographer, a historian of science, a lifelong student of medicine, and, above all, a philosopher, whose special fields were logic and semiotics. He is widely credited with being the founder of pragmatism. In terms of his importance as a philosopher and a scientist, he has been compared to Plato and Aristotle. He himself intended “to make a philosophy like that of Aristotle.” In this edition Brent refines his interpretation of Peirce’s thought and character based on new research, and has added a glossary and a detailed chronology. “Brent . . . has given us a full and compelling account of Peirce’s troubled career and a wealth of persuasive arguments and plausible inferences (what Peirce called ‘abductions’) to help explain it.” —Science “Joseph Brent’s splendid biography of Charles S. Peirce (1839–1914) dispels much of the mystery that has surrounded the difficult life and career of America’s greatest philosopher.” —American Historical Review “This outstanding book, the first full-scale biography of Peirce, illuminates both Peirce’s life and his philosophy.” —Library Journal “. . . an extraordinary, inspiring portrait of the largely forgotten Peirce, a progenitor of modern thought who devised a realist metaphysics and attempted to achieve direct knowledge of God by applying the logic of science.” —Publishers Weekly “. . . a forceful and beautifully written account of the life and work of Peirce . . . places the demonic aspects of Peirce’s personality in their proper social and psychological contexts.” —Semiotica “Brent’s book is a great example of biographical writing. The final essay, ‘The Wasp in the Bottle,’ is astonishingly good, a masterpiece.” —Charles Hartshorne

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After completing his doctoral dissertation on Peirce (1839- 1914), Brent (Intellectual History/University of the District of Columbia) waited 30 years to gain access to the private papers of the ... Read full review

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Volume 5 of the Writings of Charles S. Peirce brings the editors of the Peirce Project one step closer to their momentous goal: a complete edition of the philosopher's works. The present volume ... Read full review


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