Renascence 72 (2):67-85 (2020)

This article explores Walker Percy’s use of Charles Sanders Peirce’s concept of “Thirdness” as an interpretive tool in connection with Percy’s use of the Bible in his novel, The Second Coming. In this context, Peirce’s “Thirdness” may be understood as that which mediates between a word and a thing as, indeed, Walker Percy defines “Thirdness” in his essay, “The Delta Factor”. As such, C.S. Peirce’s “Thirdness” serves Percy as a model for understanding the function of “triadic” language in the operation of relations both human and divine.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Language and Literature
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DOI 10.5840/renascence20207226
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