Peirce's evolutionary pragmatic idealism

Synthese 106 (3):323 - 372 (1996)
In this paper I synthesize a unified system out of Peirce's life work, and name it Peirce's Evolutionary Pragmatic Idealism. Peirce developed this philosophy in four stages:(I)  His 1868–69 theory that cognition is a continuous and infinite social semiotic process, in which Man is a sign. (II)  His Popular Science Monthly pragmatism and frequency theory of probabilistic induction. (III)  His 1891–93 cosmic evolutionism of Tychism, Synechism, and Agapism. (IV)  Pragmaticism: The doctrine of real potentialities (would-be's), and Peirce's pragmatic program for developing concrete reasonableness. Peirce's evolutionary conception of the cosmos is pantheistic, and he constructed it to reconcile religion with Darwinian evolution.
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