Perception, Empiricism, and Pragmatist Realism

Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (1):191-210 (2011)
Serge Grigoriev
Ithaca College
The essay compares Peirce's pragmatist approach to the problem of perceptual experience as a fallible foundation of knowledge to a sophisticated empiricist take on the issue. The comparison suggests that, while empiricism can accommodate the idea of perception as fallible, theoretically laden, and containing conjectural elements, the cardinal difference between pragmatism and empiricism consists in the pragmatist insistence on the intrinsic intelligibility of experience, which also serves as the ultimate source of all forms of intelligibility; whereas empiricism retains a penchant for fitting experiences into abstract conceptual schemes.
Keywords empiricism  perception  abduction  pragmatism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/18758185-90000190
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Quine and Conceptual Pragmatism. Sinclair - 2012 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (3):335-355.
Empiricism, Perception and Conceptual Change.Cliff A. Hooker - 1973 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 3 (September):59-74.
Empiricism Versus Pragmatism: Truth Versus Results.J. A. I. Bewaji - 1993 - Indian Philosophical Quarterly 20 (3):203-242.


Added to PP index

Total views
165 ( #38,076 of 2,312,410 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
22 ( #22,626 of 2,312,410 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature