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  1.  7
    Pragmatism, Common Sense, and Metaphilosophy: A Skeptical Rejoinder.Scott Aikin - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):231.
    Pragmatism is brass tacks philosophy. In fact, it's more than just that, as the pragmatist also holds the view that philosophy ought to be brass tacks philosophy. Pragmatisms are not simply aligned in terms of what solutions they propose for philosophical problems, but they are aligned in terms of how they view philosophical problems and what solutions would be in the first place. In many ways, this metaphilosophical view is the prime mover for pragmatist first-order philosophizing. The pragmatist may enjoin (...)
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    The Economics of Truth: Equilibrium Theory and the Final Opinion.Cornelis de Waal - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):162.
    Peirce's conception of truth in terms of the final opinion reached in the long run by a community of inquirers marks a significant departure from traditional conceptions of truth, not only because it introduces a temporal dimension, but also because it explicitly connects it to groups of people and to what those people do. If we compare this with Aristotle's classic definition—"to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not"2—we see that there (...)
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    Review of Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C.I. Lewis Ed. By Peter Olen and Carl Sachs. [REVIEW]Paul L. Franco - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):273-280.
    In this review, I talk about the essays dealing with C.I. Lewis's place in the history of analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy of science.
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    Expediting Inquiry: Peirce's Social Economy of Research.Susan Haack - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):208.
    [W]e remark three classes of men. The first consists of those for whom the chief thing is the qualities of feelings. These men create art. The second consists of the practical men, who carry on the business of the world. They respect nothing but power, and respect power only so far as it [is] exercized. The third class consists of men to whom nothing seems great but reason. … For men of the first class, nature is a picture; for men (...)
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    American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays Ed. By Anne Waters.Joshua Hall - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):280-293.
    American Indian Thought is a contemporary collection of twenty-two essays written by Indigenous persons with Western philosophical training, all attempting to formulate, and/or contribute to a sub-discipline of, a Native American Philosophy.1 The contributors come from diverse tribal, educational, philosophical, methodological, etc., backgrounds, and there is some tension among aspects of the collection, but what is more striking is the harmony and the singularity of the collection's intent. Part of this singularity may derive from the solidarity among its authors. In (...)
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    Peirce's Transcendental Method: The Latent Debate Between Prescision and Abduction.Jared Kemling - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):249.
    The primary purpose of this paper is to evaluate two views that have been put forth regarding the logical structure of Peirce's putative transcendental deduction of his categories. Specifically, the paper asks the question: if Peirce is indeed invoking a transcendental method, should we understand such a "deduction" as an instance of prescision, of abduction, or of some other option? Both prescision and abduction have been offered as descriptions of Peirce's transcendental method, but it is not clear whether either of (...)
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    The Economy of Research and the Proper Defense of Knowledge and Intellectual Virtues.Claudine Tiercelin - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):183.
    While Peirce presented himself as a "scholastic realist of a somewhat extreme stripe", merely adapting the virtues involved in Scotism to the requirements of modern science to erect a plain scientific realistic metaphysics, he was also eager to emphasize that "everybody ought to be a nominalist at first" because such an hypothesis is "simpler than realism" and because "the economy of research prescribes to try the simpler one first, and to continue in that opinion", until one "is driven out of (...)
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    On “The Economy of Research”.Giovanni Tuzet - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):129.
    In some of his philosophical and scientific works Charles S. Peirce emphasized the economic constraints put upon scientific research. The process of generation, selection and testing of hypotheses, as well as the collection of data and information, is subject to time and resource constraints. Working scientists must individuate the most promising hypotheses and lines of research given the amount of resources at disposal. To this effect they have to estimate in particular the resources needed for testing, and what the acceptability (...)
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    Game Theory, Abduction, and the Economy of Research: C. S. Peirce's Conception of Humanity's Most Economic Resource.James R. Wible - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (2):134.
    Our power of guessing corresponds to a bird's musical and aeronautical powers.There still remains one more economic consideration in reference to a hypothesis; namely, that it may give a good "leave," as the billiard players say.There is a game called "Twenty Questions," in which one party thinks of something well known to the other, who may then ask at most twenty questions answerable by yes or no, after which he has a right to make three guesses. … The principle of (...)
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    Did Dewey Have a Theory of Truth?John Capps - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):39.
    Despite increased interest in pragmatic theories of truth, Dewey’s approach has not received the same degree of attention as other pragmatists such as Peirce and James. This may seem rather surprising given the sheer quantity Dewey published in his lifetime, much of it focused on issues of epistemology and scientific inquiry. On the other hand, this might seem not surprising at all, since Dewey often went to some effort, especially near the end of his career, to avoid the concept of (...)
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    The Idea of Socialism by Axel Honneth.Martin Ejsing Christensen - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):105-109.
    The interaction between American pragmatism and German critical theory has a long history. While Horkheimer and Adorno, the founding fathers of critical theory, were quite critical of the native American philosophy they encountered when they fled from Nazi Germany, American pragmatism has had a considerable influence on both Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth—the two most prominent thinkers within critical theory’s 2nd and 3rd generations. As is well known, however, their prime inspiration has been George Herbert Mead’s symbolic interactionist sociology as (...)
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    Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes by Joseph Urbas.Heikki A. Kovalainen - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):109-113.
    Contemporary commentators on Emerson often assume that the American essayist has been successfully rehabilitated as a philosopher. If we consider seriously his claims to philosophy from a contemporary perspective, however, we must also deal with the treatments of his philosophy critically. This is because philosophy, in itself, is a critical discipline, and every philosophical treatment of Emersonian thought deserves to be treated on the same footing with that of any other classical thinker.Joseph Urbas’s Emerson’s Metaphysics joins David Van Leer’s Emerson’s (...)
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    Metaphysics — Low in Price, High in Value: A Critique of Global Expressivism.Catherine Legg & Paul Giladi - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):64.
    Neopragmatism is currently a burgeoning area of philosophical research, and Huw Price is positioned as a key heir of its originary figure Richard Rorty.2 In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, Rorty famously burst onto an Anglo-American philosophical scene largely dominated by still-positivistic analytic philosophy3 and initiated a great revival for pragmatism. This intervention provoked a significant counter-reaction.4 Rorty’s ideas were widely viewed as blithely disregarding important issues such as whether reality exists, and if so what is its nature, and (...)
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    Peirce and Confucianism on the Fallibility of Immediate Aesthetic Intuition: Charles S. Peirce Society 2018 Presidential Address.Robert Cummings Neville - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):1.
    Charles Peirce famously attacked immediate intuition in his early papers, “Questions concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man” and “Some Consequences of Four Incapacities.”1 He argued that all alleged intuitions are really inferences. Although his philosophy developed in many ways throughout the rest of his life, he never gave up on the implications of this. His elaborate theory of interpretation and semiotics presented a full-blown alternative to any version of a Cartesian theory of immediate intuition in consciousness. I find this whole (...)
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    The Universality of Peirce's Rhetoric.Arnaud Petit - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):84.
    In recent years, scholars have shown the fruitfulness of linking Peirce’s speculative rhetoric with the rhetorical tradition—which can be broadly construed as the art, time and again rediscovered and refined, of rendering discourses eloquent and persuasive. They have suggested many ways in which the historical development of rhetoric sheds light on the third branch of Peirce’s semiotic and further pointed out many contributions Peirce makes in turn to the field of rhetoric. However, with the notable exception of Colapietro, these authors (...)
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    Peirce's Irony.T. L. Short - 2018 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (1):9.
    But as you know... my style of ‘brilliancy’ consists in a mixture of irony and seriousness,—the same things said ironically and also seriously.Peirce’s philosophical writings are notoriously difficult. The reasons most often cited are the apparent contradictions, the long, inconclusive technical digressions, and the unfinished character of his thought. His champions instead emphasize his originality, arguing that his apparent contradictions often mark traditional dualisms subtly transcended; some discern strands of an uncompleted system. Originality, subtlety, and the need to reconstruct the (...)
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