The Pragmatic Maxim: Essays on Peirce and pragmatism

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

byChristopher Hookway

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Christopher Hookway presents a series of essays on the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1913), the 'founder of pragmatism' and one of the most important and original American philosophers. Peirce made significant contributions to the development of formal logic and to the study ofthe normative standards we should follow in carrying out inquiries and enhancing our knowledge in science and mathematics. In The Pragmatic Maxim, Hookway explores Peirce's writings on truth, science, and the nature of meaning, which have become steadily more influential over recent decades. Hedemonstrates how Peirce's ideas can contribute to and inform philosophical understanding in debates that continue today.The first seven chapters explore the framework of Peirce's thought, especially his fallibilism and his rejection of scepticism, and his contributions to the pragmatist understanding of truth and reality. Like Frege and Husserl, among others, Peirce rejected psychologism and used phenomenologicalfoundations to defend the system of categories. The final three chapters are concerned with 'the pragmatic maxim', a rule for clarifying the contents of concepts and ideas. Hookway explores the different strategies Peirce employed to demonstrate the correctness of the maxim, and thus of pragmatism.As well as studying and evaluating Peirce's views, The Pragmatic Maxim discusses the relations between the views of Peirce and other pragmatist philosophers such as William James, C. I. Lewis, and Richard Rorty.

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Christopher Hookway presents a series of essays on the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1913), the 'founder of pragmatism' and one of the most important and original American philosophers. Peirce made significant contributions to the development of formal logic and to the study ofthe normative standards we should follow in c...

Christopher Hookway has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield since 1995, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham. In 1995 he was President of the Charles S. Peirce Society. He is the editor of The European Journal of Philosophy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsTexts and abbreviationsIntroduction: The pragmatist maxim, the method of science, and representation1. Peirce and scepticism2. Fallibilism and the aim of inquiry3. Truth, reality, and convergence4. Normative logic and psychology: Peirce's rejection of psychologism5. Interrogatives and uncontrollable abductions6. 'The form of a relation': Peirce and mathematical structuralism7. 'A sort of composite photograph': pragmatism, ideas, and schematism8. Pragmatism and the given: C.I. Lewis, Quine, and Peirce9. The principle of pragmatism: Peirce's formulations and illustrations10. Logical principles and philosophical attitudes: Peirce's response to James's pragmatism11. How Peirce argued for his pragmatist maximBibliographyIndex