“The Meaning of a Thought is Altogether Something Virtual”: Joseph Ransdell and His Legacy


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Joseph Ransdell (1931–2010), who received his Ph.D in philosophy from Columbia University in 1966, where he was advised by Sidney Morgenbesser, and spent most of his career at Texas Tech University, offered an original and focused challenge to academic philosophy at the end of the Second Millennium. His guiding philosophical passion was understanding how communication might best encourage and support truth seeking. This introduction to a special edition of the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society which is devoted to Joe's legacy presents his philosophical interests, and the distinctive and valuable role he played in establishing the "Peirce Telecommunity", which has nurtured a range of Peirce scholars outside of the normal institutional frameworks for philosophical research and discussion.
Keywords Peirce  Joseph Ransdell  truth  communication  semiotics  internet  dialogue
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DOI 10.2979/trancharpeirsoc.49.4.451
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