Charles Peirce and Scholastic Realism [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 17 (2):301-302 (1963)

A stimulating, detailed study of a most important aspect of Peirce's pragmaticism. In developing the "problem of universals" as it arises in the writings of Peirce, Boler presents the most informative analysis yet to appear of Peirce's indebtedness to the realist-nominalist controversy of the school-men. The author, taking seriously Peirce's characterization of himself as a "Scotistic Realist," uses Scotus as a model for constructing a systematic interpretation of Peirce's realism. In stressing Peirce's dependence upon, as well as divergence from, Scotus, Boler provides a context in which realist, pragmatic, and idealist strands in Peirce's thought emerge, not as incompatible emphases, but as interdependent responses to different aspects of the "problem of universals." The author introduces a vast array of well-known Peircian themes and explicates their relation to Peirce's realism and to one another. The present study is excitingly developed and well worth the reader's serious attention.--B. G. R.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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