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  1. Francesco Bellucci (2014). Peirce and the Unity of the Proposition. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):201-219.
    The problem of the unity of the proposition—what distinguishes a proposition from a mere list of constituents, so that the former is able to say something while the latter is not?—is as old as philosophy. It is evoked at the end of Plato’s Sophist, where the Stranger affirms that when one makes a statement “he does not merely give names, but he reaches a conclusion by combining (συμπλέκων) verbs with nouns” (262d, 2–3); and it is discussed by Aristotle in De (...)
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  2. J. Caleb Clanton (2014). The Structure of C. S. Peirce's Neglected Argument for the Reality of God: A Critical Assessment. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):175-200.
    C. S. Peirce develops a novel argument for belief in God in a 1908 paper he entitled “A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God.”1 That essay has received a fair amount of attention in recent years,2 but Peirce’s overall argument remains somewhat obscure. There is still more work to be done in explicating its basic structure and determining whether the argument can withstand criticism. The purpose of this essay is to reconstruct Peirce’s argument in a way that reveals the (...)
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  3. Sean Epstein-Corbin (2014). Pragmatism, Feminism, and the Sentimental Subject. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):220-245.
    In trying to connect a primarily literary account of sentimental history and theory to a primarily philosophical account of feminist pragmatism,1 certain dangers emerge. One is to unintentionally privilege the genre of philosophy over the genres of poetry or sentimental fiction. In H.S. Thayer’s insightful Meaning and Action: A Critical History of Pragmatism, as but one example, philosophical writing subordinates other genres, such as poetry or novels, leading to readings of Dewey and James that disproportionately weight the influence of philosophical (...)
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  4. Jorge Alejandro Flórez (2014). Peirce's Theory of the Origin of Abduction in Aristotle. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):265-280.
    Peirce’s theory of the origin of abduction in Aristotle’s Prior Analytics II.25 is based on his account of abduction as a second-figure syllogism. Peirce read the difficult and (what he thought to be) corrupted passage of Prior Analytics II.25 and tried to amend its errors and explain its difficulties in order to argue that Aristotle was trying to present a syllogism in the second figure that infers a case, which is Peirce’s definition of abduction. “[H]e would not be Aristotle, to (...)
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  5. David L. Hildebrand (2014). Thomas M. Alexander The Human Eros: Eco-Ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence New York : Fordham University Press , 2013 . Xii + 436 Pp. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):308-313.
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  6. Review by: David L. Hildebrand (2014). Review: The Human Eros: Eco-Ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence By Thomas M. Alexander. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):308-313,.
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  7. Jady Hsin (2014). Laws, Demands, and Dispositions: John Dewey and His 'Concept Pragmatism'. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):286-303.
    Cognitive science has come down with a nasty cold, so Jerry Fodor has recently lamented, and the afflicting strain is something called concept pragmatism.1 Its chief symptom is the urge to identify the content of a concept with the inferences habitually drawn upon in its use (a ‘definition-in-use’), these serving also as its condition of possession, in knowing how to draw those inferences definitive of the concept.2 The affliction is quite fatal if Fodor is right, but the welfare of the (...)
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  8. Colin Koopman (2014). F. Thomas Burke What Pragmatism Was Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 2013 . Xv + 233 Pp, Incl. Index. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):304-308.
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  9. Review by: Colin Koopman (2014). Review: What Pragmatism Was By F. Thomas Burke. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):304-308,.
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  10. Gesche Linde & Winfried Nöth (2014). A Note on Peirce's Quotations of Persius's Half-Linehoc Loquor Inde Est. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):281-285.
    In his 1868 paper “Questions concerning Reality” (QR), an early version of his better-known paper “Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man” (QCF) of the same year (Fisch 1984: xxxviii), Charles S. Peirce quotes the unidentified Latin fragment Hoc loquor inde est (W 2:167). In QCF, the better-known essay first published in the second volume of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy and included in Peirce’s Collected Papers (CP) as well as in the first volume of the Essential Peirce, Peirce quotes (...)
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  11. Sarin Marchetti & Alan Rosenberg (2014). Jeremy Carrette William James's Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations New York / London , Routledge , 2013 , Xxii + 235 Pp. Index. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):313-317.
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  12. Steven A. Miller (2014). John Dewey is a Tool: Lessons From Rorty and Brandom on the History of Pragmatism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):246-264.
    Richard Rorty’s writings have long frustrated scholars of classical American philosophy. Robert Brandom’s recent engagements with the history of pragmatism have been met with similar disdain. This essay draws on Larry A. Hickman’s theory of technology and tool-use to find a productive framework for thinking through these interpretations. Foregrounding the purposes that guide their readings, we may find value where many readers have seen only ignorance. This strategy does not embrace interpretive relativism, nor does it preclude all scholarly criticism, but (...)
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  13. Gesche Linde and Winfried Nöth (2014). A Note on Peirce's Quotations of Persius's Half-Line Hoc Loquor Inde Est. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):281-285,.
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  14. Review by: Sarin Marchetti and Alan Rosenberg (2014). Review: William James's Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations By Jeremy Carrette. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):313-317,.
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  15. Jacoby Adeshei Carter (2014). Does “Race” Have a Future or Should the Future Have “Races”? Reconstruction or Eliminativism in a Pragmatist Philosophy of Race. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):29-47,.
    In Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward A Reconstruction of Philosophy, Phillip Kitcher argues in Chapter 6, “Does ‘Race’ Have a Future” that developments in evolutionary biology may support a separation of our species into subcategories that could be regarded as races. The human species, he argues, could possibly be divided, using a similar methodology to that employed by evolutionary biologists, into relatively stable and isolated breeding populations that bear distinctive and salient clusters of significant genotypic and phenotypic traits. Hence, the eliminativist (...)
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  16. Devin Fitzpatrick (2014). Realism and Receptivity: The Role of the Transcendent in Pragmatism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):9-17,.
    Pragmatism is suspicious of transcendence. Perhaps the term “transcendence” is itself suspect, in having a long history and being difficult to clarify. But for the sake of a fresh beginning, I would like to loosely and naïvely define transcendence as what is “beyond,” what in some way exceeds or is external to a significant limit. A fundamental form of transcendence is that of being beyond meaning, that is, existence which precedes or extends beyond the interpretation of questioning beings. Western thought (...)
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  17. Judith Green (2014). Introduction: A Collaborative Critical Conversation on Philip Kitcher's Preludes to Pragmatism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):1-8,.
    On April 26, 2013, Philip Kitcher met with a line-up of six critics at the New York Pragmatist Forum to learn what they thought about his latest large book, Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction in Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2012). The following contributions, as well as Kitcher’s reply, originated in this meeting, with each author taking into account Kitcher’s initial responses while further developing his or her arguments.As S. Joshua Thomas notes below, our purpose as critics has been two-fold: (...)
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  18. Judith Green (2014). Jamesian Reasonable Belief and Deweyan Religious Communities: Reconstructing Philosophy Pragmatically with Philip Kitcher. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):69-96,.
    Philip Kitcher brings his own inclusive and liberatory purposes to bear in Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy, including in several chapters in which he criticizes William James’s defense of religious belief in “The Will to Believe” and Varieties of Religious Experience, while affirming John Dewey’s emphasis on a “religious” orientation toward community and nature in A Common Faith. These chapters in Kitcher’swide-ranging and beautifully written book contain many insights and imaginative proposals for advancing a “post-religion”secular humanism that (...)
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  19. Philip Kitcher (2014). Extending the Pragmatist Tradition: Replies to Commentators. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):97-114,.
    I want to begin by thanking Judith Green for organizing this symposium, and all the contributors for their thoughtful attention to my work.Pragmatism is currently undergoing an apparent revival, with a number of philosophers not normally associated with the movement claiming to have joined the club: following the lead of Dick Rorty, Isaac Levi, and Hilary Putnam, Robert Brandom and Huw Price have also declared their pragmatist allegiance. I, too, have signed on. But, as Seth Joshua Thomas astutely notes in (...)
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  20. Aaron Massecar (2014). Peirce, Moral Cognitivism, and the Development of Character. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):139-161,.
    Some Peirceans have defended a form of moral cognitivism according to which “moral judgments fall within the scope of truth, knowledge, and inquiry.”1 The idea is that our moral beliefs can be either true or false and this can be discovered through inquiry. There have been more than a few thinkers who have placed Charles S. Peirce within this camp and have said that his theories of truth and inquiry provide us with a framework within which we can understand moral (...)
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  21. Review by: Helmut Pape (2014). Review: Peirce: A Guide for the Perplexed By Cornelis de Waal. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):162-166,.
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  22. Kamili Posey (2014). On Classical Pragmatist Foundations in Naturalized Epistemology. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):18-28,.
    The naturalized epistemologist’s appeals to classical pragmatist epistemology often take one of the following forms: (1) as providing the historical-foundational theses of current day naturalism, (2) as providing the methodological thesis that links our best methods of (scientific) inquiry with an account of knowledge-acquisition that rejects idealized accounts of truth, (3) as providing an account of why we ought to reject idealized accounts of truth, or (4) as providing a justification for what Putnam (2002) refers to as the “collapse of (...)
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  23. Review by: David W. Rodick (2014). Review: Time, Will, and Purpose: Living Ideas From the Philosophy of Josiah Royce By Randall E. Auxier. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):166-170,.
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  24. Review by: Shannon Sullivan (2014). Review: Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America By Jack Turner. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):170-173,.
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  25. S. Joshua Thomas (2014). Beyond the Hall of Mirrors: Naturalistic Ethics Out of Doors. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):48-68,.
    Over the course of a decade or so, Philip Kitcher has gradually come to embrace classical pragmatism, particularly John Dewey’s iteration of it, hailing it in his latest volume, Preludes to Pragmatism: Towards a Reconstruction of Philosophy, as “not only America’s most important contribution to philosophy, but also one of the most significant developments in the history of the subject, comparable in its potential for intellectual change to the celebrated turning points in the seventeenth century and in the wake of (...)
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  26. Mark Tschaepe (2014). Guessing and Abduction. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (1):115-138,.
    “Scientific research faces up with an open and unknown world”Within the work of C. S. Peirce, the most fundamental and contentious form of inference is that of abduction. According to Peirce, abduction is the only type of inference from which new ideas are created (CP 5.171, 1903). He wrote, “every single item of scientific theory which stands established today has been due to Abduction” (CP 5.172, 1903). Similarly, “All that makes knowledge applicable comes to us viâ abduction. […] Not the (...)
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  27. Fernando Andacht (2014). The Lure of the Powerful, Freewheeling Icon: On Ransdell's Analysis of Iconicity. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):509-532,.
    Of the many teachings on triadic semiotic that I was fortunate to receive in my life, none was more long-lasting and stimulating than what I learned by reading and exchanging ideas with Joseph Ransdell. And most salient among the ideas he explained with such admirable clarity were those related to iconicity, that apparently simple but most enigmatic relationship of formal identity between a sign and its object. That is why the main objective of this article is a discussion of the (...)
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  28. Gary Fuhrman (2014). Peirce's Retrospectives on His Phenomenological Quest. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):490-508,.
    There is a general consensus among scholars of Charles S. Peirce that his work was highly systematic, but not all agree that it constitutes a single consistent system. Sometimes the controversy on this question becomes a determining context for studies of specific aspects of Peirce’s work. For instance, Mayorga (2007, 3) expresses the hope that her study of Peirce’s realist metaphysics will “resolve some of the polemic regarding the coherence of his system.” With reference to Peircean semeiotic, Bergman (2009, 3–4) (...)
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  29. Kimberly Garchar and John Kaag (2014). Classical American Philosophy and Modern Medical Ethics: The Case of Richard Cabot. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):553-574,.
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  30. Jeff Kasser (2014). Ransdell on Socrates, Peirce, and Intellectual Modesty. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):467-489,.
    “Peirce and the Socratic Tradition” is a bold and suggestive paper. In it, Joseph Ransdell draws out a particular tradition of modesty allegedly exemplified by Socrates, Peirce, and few others in philosophy. At its heart, this tradition involves a clear-headed acceptance of some surprising implications of an obvious fact, viz. that human wisdom cannot involve taking a god’s eye view of things. The elenchus of Socrates and the doubt-belief theory of Peirce, Ransdell thinks, accurately reflect the starting points and aspirations (...)
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  31. Catherine Legg (2014). “The Meaning of a Thought is Altogether Something Virtual”: Joseph Ransdell and His Legacy. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):451-456,.
    Joseph Ransdell (1931–2010), who received his Ph.D in philosophy from Columbia University in 1966, where he was advised by Sidney Morgenbesser, and spent most of his career at Texas Tech University, offered an original and focused challenge to academic philosophy at the end of the Second Millennium. His guiding philosophical passion was understanding how communication might best encourage and support truth seeking. This introduction to a special edition of the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society which is devoted to (...)
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  32. Review by: Peter Olen (2014). Review: American Philosophy: The Basics By Nancy Stanlick. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):578-580,.
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  33. Joseph M. Ransdell (2014). Scientific Rationality and the Logic of Research Acceptance. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):533-540,.
    Joseph Ransdell posted the following draft of an introduction to a work in progress to the peirce-l email list on September 22, 2000. The post triggered a long thread of discussion in which he participated quite actively. At least one later and much longer version of the introduction exists. Still, this draft will give a concentrated “taste” of a side of Ransdell more familiar perhaps to long-time peirce-l subscribers than to those who have read only his published works. In the (...)
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  34. Joseph M. Ransdell (2014). Kinds of Determinants of Semiosis. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):541-552,.
    In a post to peirce-l on May 23, 2003, Ransdell included the following chapter from an unpublished work in progress, The Meanings in Things (also sometimes called The Meaning in Things). In the chapter, he attempts to answer how it is that an object determines the sign that represents it. The material for the above abstract is from his not quite formal prefatory remarks sent with an earlier version to peirce-l on May 8, 2001. The chapter is a good illustration (...)
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  35. Lucy Ransdell (2014). On Joseph Ransdell. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):449-450,.
    My father would have loved the idea of me writing this introduction on behalf of my family, a task which is, to be frank, a little intimidating, given this audience that he held in such high esteem. My father’s mind could take him anywhere, to many places where—especially in the last year of his life—his body could not. Anyone lucky enough to have conversed with him knows that with Dr. Joseph Ransdell (Joe to many, and Dad to his daughters), you (...)
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  36. Gary Richmond and Ben Udell (2014). Joseph Ransdell and the Communicational Process of Philosophy. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):457-466,.
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  37. Review by: Raf Vanderstraeten (2014). Review: Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War By Andrew Jewett. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (4):575-578,.
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  38. Review by: John Capps (2014). Review: Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy By Philip Kitcher. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (3):443-447,.
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  39. David W. Agler and Deniz Durmuş (2014). Christine Ladd-Franklin: Pragmatist Feminist. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (3):299-321,.
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