Charles Sanders Peirce A Life

ISBN-10: 0253211611
ISBN-13: 9780253211613
Edition: 2nd 1998
Authors: Joseph Brent
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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 Peirces 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 Peirces troubled career and a wealth of persuasive arguments and plausible inferences (what Peirce called abductions) to help explain it. Science Joseph Brents splendid biography of Charles S. Peirce (18391914) dispels much of the mystery that has surrounded the difficult life and career of Americas greatest philosopher. American Historical Review This outstanding book, the first full-scale biography of Peirce, illuminates both Peirces 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 Peirces personality in their proper social and psychological contexts. Semiotica Brents book is a great example of biographical writing. The final essay, The Wasp in the Bottle, is astonishingly good, a masterpiece. Charles Hartshorne

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Facets of the Puzzle
Father, Son, and Melusina: 1839-1871
"Our Hour of Triumph is What Brings the Void": 1871-1882
Expulsion from the Academy and the Search for a New Eden: 1883-1891
Paradise Lost: 1890-1900
Endgame: 1900-1914
The Wasp in the Bottle
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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