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    David W. Agler (2012). Polanyi and Peirce on the Critical Method. Tradition and Discovery 38 (3):13-30.
    This essay points to parallel criticisms made by Charles Peirce and Polanyi against the “critical method”or “method of doubt.” In an early set of essays and in later work, Peirce claimed that the Cartesian method of doubt is both philosophically bankrupt and useless because practitioners do not apply the method upon the criteria of doubting itself. Likewise, in his 1952 essay “The Stability of Beliefs” and in Personal Knowledge, Polanyi charges practitioners of the critical method with a failure to apply (...)
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    David W. Agler (2013). What Engineers Can Do but Physicists Can't. Tradition and Discovery 39 (2):22-26.
    This is a comment on Tihamér Margitay’s “From Epistemology to Ontology,” where he criticizes Polanyi’s claim that there is a systematic correspondence between the levels of ontology and the levels of tacit knowing. Margitay contends that Polanyi supports this correspondence by appealing to a “purely ontological argument,” one which concludes that it is impossible to reduce machines to a singular, chemical-physical type, and criticizes this claim by pointing to industrial standards (machines that do reduce to singular physical-chemical type). I respond (...)
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    David W. Agler (2013). Emergence From Within and Without: Juaerro on Polanyi’s Account of the External Origins of Emergence. Tradition and Discovery 40 (3):23-35.
    This paper assesses a recent criticism of Michael Polanyi’s account of the origin of complex entities by Alicia Juarrero. According to Juarrero, Polanyi took higher-level complex entities like machines and organisms to come into existence through the imposition of external, top-down forces. This paper argues that while Polanyi took the emergence of machines to come about in such a way, Polanyi’s reading of 19th and early 20th-Century experimental embryology indicates his position is more sophisticated. Polanyi appears to have thought a (...)
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    David W. Agler (2012). Perspectives on Pragmatism. Tradition and Discovery 38 (3):69-71.
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    David W. Agler (2011). Beyond Moral Judgment, Alice Crary Beyond Moral Judgment Crary Alice Harvard UP, Cambridge. The Pluralist 6 (2):103-110.
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    Ryan Pollock & David W. Agler (2016). Hume and Peirce on the Ultimate Stability of Belief. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (2):245-269.
    Louis Loeb has argued that Hume is pessimistic while Peirce is optimistic about the attainment of fully stable beliefs. In contrast, we argue that Hume was optimistic about such attainment but only if the scope of philosophical investigation is limited to first-order explanatory questions. Further, we argue that Peirce, after reformulating the pragmatic maxim to accommodate the reality of counterfactuals, was pessimistic about such attainment. Finally, we articulate and respond to Peirce's objection that Hume's skeptical arguments in T 1.4.1 and (...)
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    Ryan Pollock & David W. Agler (2015). Hume and Peirce on the Ultimate Stability of Belief. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (1).
    Louis Loeb has argued that Hume is pessimistic while Peirce is optimistic about the attainment of fully stable beliefs. In contrast, we argue that Hume was optimistic about such attainment but only if the scope of philosophical investigation is limited to first-order explanatory questions. Further, we argue that Peirce, after reformulating the pragmatic maxim to accommodate the reality of counterfactuals, was pessimistic about such attainment. Finally, we articulate and respond to Peirce's objection that Hume's skeptical arguments in T 1.4.1 and (...)
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    David W. Agler (2013). Peirce and the Specification of Borderline Vagueness. Semiotica 2013 (193):195-215.
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    David W. Agler (2010). Peirce's Direct, Non-Reductive Contextual Theory of Names. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):611-640.
    One dimension of a comprehensive semantic and semiotic theory is its explanation of how a wide-variety of linguistic expressions designate singular objects (e.g., pronouns, demonstratives, definite descriptions, etc.). The bulk of scholarship on Peirce's theory of proper names has aligned his theory with the so called new theory of reference by drawing connections between proper names qua rhematic indexical legisigns (a kind of sign in Peirce's 10-sign typology) and various aspects of Kripke's theory of names.2 Recent scholarship has navigated away (...)
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    David W. Agler & Deniz Durmuş (2013). Christine Ladd-Franklin: Pragmatist Feminist. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (3):299-321.
    Theorists working in both feminism and pragmatism lament that classical American philosophy appears to be relatively devoid of feminists.2 Charlene Seigfried (1991a), for example, has pointed out that historical reconstructions, bibliographies, and indices of classical American philosophy reveal a striking paucity of female philosophers. As a first step, Seigfried calls for both a feminist analysis of pragmatism (a detailed study and criticism of the attitudes of classical pragmatists toward women) and a “rediscovery of women pragmatists” (1991b:2; see 1991a:410). Seigfried’s rallying (...)
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    David W. Agler (2011). Beyond Moral Judgment (Review). The Pluralist 6 (2):103-110.
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    David W. Agler (2011). Perspectives on Pragmatism: Classical, Recent, and Contemporary. [REVIEW] Tradition and Discovery 38 (3):69-71.
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    David W. Agler (2011). The Structure of Thinking. Tradition and Discovery 38 (1):66-69.
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    David W. Agler (2012). What Engineers Can Do but Physicists Can’T: Polanyi and Margitay on Machines. Tradition and Discovery 39 (2):22-26.
    This is a comment on Tihamér Margitay’s “From Epistemology to Ontology,” where he criticizes Polanyi’s claim that there is a systematic correspondence between the levels of ontology and the levels of tacit knowing. Margitay contends that Polanyi supports this correspondence by appealing to a “purely ontological argument,” one which concludes that it is impossible to reduce machines to a singular, chemical-physical type, and criticizes this claim by pointing to industrial standards . I respond to Margitay’s claim by distinguishing two different (...)
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