Reasoning and the Logic of Things
By (author) Charles S. Peirce
Volume editor Kenneth Laine Ketner
Introduction by Hilary Putnam
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Reasoning and the Logic of Things by Charles S. Peirce
Book DescriptionCharles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was an American philosopher, physicist, mathematician, and the founder of pragmatism. Despite his importance in the history of philosophy, a unified statement of his thought has been unavailable. With this publication, readers are offered the philosopher's only known, complete, and coherent account of his own work. Comprising a series of lectures given in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1898, "Reasoning and the Logic of Things" aims to provide an accessible and thorough introduction to Peirce's mature thought. Beginning with an explanation of the nature of philsophy, Peirce proceeds to illustrate his claim that mathematics provides the foundation of our logic and metaphysics. We find here the clearest formulation of an idea present in Peirce's thought since the 1860s, the distinction among three kinds of reasoning: induction, deduction, and retroduction. Then follows an introduction to Peirce's chief logical doctrines, as well as his attempts to provide a classification of the sciences, a theory of categories, and a theory of science. In conclusion, turning from "reasoning" to the "logic of things", Peirce called for an evolutionary cosmology to explain the reality of laws and described the kinds of reasoning he employed in developing this cosmology. At the urging of his friend William James, Peirce made an uncharacteristic effort in these lectures to present his ideas in terms intelligible to a general audience - those without advanced training in logic and philosophy. The introductory materials by Ketner and Putnam add to the volume's lucidity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674749672
(235mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles S. Peirce
Philosophy of Mathematics, Paperback (August 2010)
Peirce's most important writings on the philosophy of mathematics
Writings of Charles S. Peirce, Hardback (December 2009)
Follows Peirce from May 1890 through July 1892 - a period of turmoil as his career unravelled at the US Coast and Geodetic Survey. This title includes reviews and essays from "The Nation" in which Peirce critiques Paul Carus, William James, Comte Lombroso, and Karl Pearson, and takes part in a famous dispute between Frank E Abbot and Josiah Royce.
Essential Writings, Paperback (November 1998)
Physicist, mathematician, and logician Charles S Peirce (1839-1914) was America's internationally recognised philosopher. This collection presents his writings including: "Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man" (1868), and papers from 1877 to 1905 developing the ground of pragmatism and Peirce's theory of scientific inquiry.
Essential Peirce, Paperback (June 1998)» View all books by Charles S. Peirce
Presents 29 texts, beginning with "Immortality in the Light of Synechism", in which the author proposes synechism, tendency to regard everything as continuous, as a key advance over the 3 'isms' materialism, idealism, and dualism, and ending with the author's unfinished investigations of the relative merits of different kinds of reasoning.
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Author Biography - Charles S. Peirce
Kenneth Laine Ketner is Charles Sanders Peirce Professor of Philosophy at Texas Tech University. Hilary Putnam is Cogan University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.
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