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By Sandra B. Rosenthal

ISBN-10: 0791421570

ISBN-13: 9780791421574

This paintings runs counter to the normal interpretations of Peirce’s philosophy by way of eliciting an inherent strand of pragmatic pluralism that's embedded within the very center of his concept and that weaves his quite a few doctrines right into a systematic trend of pluralism. Rosenthal offers a brand new layout to the seeming bedrock of Peirce’s place: convergence towards the ultimate final opinion of the group of interpreters within the idealized future. Focusing often on passages from Peirce’s writings which were nearly missed within the extra conventional interpretations of his paintings, this e-book exhibits the way Peirce’s place, faraway from mendacity against the Kuhnian interpretation of technological know-how, presents robust and masses wanted metaphysical and epistemic underpinnings for it in a fashion which avoids the pitfalls of fake possible choices provided through the philosophical culture. The e-book examines intensive many of the gains of Peirce’s place that input into those underpinnings. one of the issues explored are that means, fact, notion, global, signal kin, realism, specific inquiry, phenomenology, temporality, and speculative metaphysics.

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This is the crux of the logical issue between realism and nominalism, 1 5 and an appeal to the consequence in support of realism merely begs the issue of the nature of the consequence. The answer to the above problem begins to emerge neither at the level of the sophisticated elaboration of logical relationships nor at the level of sophisticated scientific experimentation and prediction, but at the more fundamental level of the epistemic foundations for such endeavors. And such a foundation must provide an answer for the question: H o w can any experience of what is actual provide a meaningful content for the concept of unactualized possibilities, of a reality that by its very nature is more than the sum of all actualities?

173 A further clarification of the distinction between the wide and narrow senses of the perceptual judgment can be gained by using as a point of departure Chisholm's claim regarding Peirce's position that "since it takes time to make a perceptual judgment, by the time we have succeeded in judging what it is that direct experience contains, the experience will be past and we will have to appeal to m e m o r y . " 1 7 4 In his analysis, Chisholm makes reference to a statement by Peirce that is perhaps not so clear-cut as at first appears.

To doubt it is to put into question something for which there is no tool for getting "behind" it to compare it with anything more fundamental. For us, it must itself be the final court of appeal. The apprehension of an appearance is not certainly true as opposed to possibly false. It is "certain" in the sense that neither truth nor falsity is applicable to it. " There is no correct or incorrect recognition involved at this level, for what the percipuum is is BRIE: Meaning as Habit 59 determined only in its recognition and can be determined in no other way.

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