Peirce's Rhetorical Turn: Conceptualizing education as semiosis

Educational Philosophy and Theory 45 (7):789-803 (2013)
The later works of Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1913) offer an extended metaphor of mind and a rich conception of the dynamics of knowledge and learning. After a ‘rhetorical turn’ Peirce develops his early ‘semiotics’ into a more general theory of sign and sign use, while integrating his pragmatism, phenomenology, and semiotics. Therefore, in this article I bring Peirce's notion of semiosis—the sign's action—to the forefront. In doing so, I hope to disclose how Peirce's rhetorical turn not only opens up towards a richer conception of the dynamics of knowledge and learning, but also invites a shift of perspective from the psychological processes of learning to the semeiotic processes that characterizes the very dynamics of knowledge production
Keywords pragmatism  philosophy of education  semiotics  semeiosis  learning  phenomenology  C. S. Peirce
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 14,816
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Doug Anderson (2005). Peirce and the Art of Reasoning. Studies in Philosophy and Education 24 (3-4):277-289.
Mats Bergman (2005). C. S. Peirce's Dialogical Conception of Sign Processes. Studies in Philosophy and Education 24 (3-4):213-233.
Joseph Brent (1993). Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life. History and Philosophy of Logic 14 (2):531-538.

View all 19 references

Citations of this work BETA
Alin Olteanu (2014). The Semiosic Evolution of Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 48 (3):457-473.
Similar books and articles
Arthur W. Burks (1980). Man: Sign or Algorithm? A Rhetorical Analysis of Peirce's Semiotics. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 16 (4):279 - 292.
Jaime Nubiola (2008). Teaching Peirce in Spain. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (2):219-222.
Vincent Michael Colapietro (2007). C. S. Peirce's Rhetorical Turn. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1):16-52.
James Jakób Liszka (2007). Teleology and Semiosis: Commentary on T. L. Short's. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (4).

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

10 ( #220,828 of 1,707,715 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #266,161 of 1,707,715 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.