The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce

The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce


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This volume explores the three normative sciences that Peirce distinguished (aesthetics, ethics, and logic) and their relation to phenomenology and metaphysics. The essays approach this topic from a variety of angles, ranging from questions concerning the normativity of logic to an application of Peirce’s semiotics to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”

A recurrent question throughout is whether a moral theory can be grounded in Peirce’s work, despite his rather vehement denial that this can be done. Some essays ask whether a dichotomy exists between theoretical and practical ethics. Other essays show that Peirce’s philosophy embraces meliorism, examine the role played by self-control, seek to ground communication theory in Peirce’s speculative rhetoric, or examine the normative aspect of the notion of truth.

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ISBN-13: 9780823242443
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: American Philosophy
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cornelis de Waal received his PhD from the University of Miami in 1997. He is associate professor at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and is editor-in-chief of the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. From 1998 till 2011 he was one of the editors of the Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition (1981–). He has written or edited several books, including On Peirce (2001), On Pragmatism (2005), and Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions: The Philosopher Responds to Her Critics (2007).

Krzysztof (Chris) Piotr Skowron´ski, PhD, currently teaches contemporary philosophy, esthetics, cultural anthropology, Polish philosophy, and American philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland. He co-organizes annual conferences on American and European values and is the author of Values and Powers: Re-reading the Philosophy of American Pragmatism (2009) and Santayana and America: Values, Liberties, Responsibility (2007). He also coedited Under Any Sky: Contemporary Readings of George Santayana (with Matthew Flamm; 2007), American and European Values: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives (with Matthew Flamm and John Lachs; 2008), and The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey:Reflection on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society (with Larry Hickman, Matthew Flamm, and Jennifer Rea; 2011).

Table of Contents

Preface xi

List of Abbreviations xvii

1 Traditions of Innovation and Improvisation: Jazz as Metaphor, Philosophy as Jazz Vincent Colapietro 1

2 Normative Judgment in Jazz: A Semiotic Framework Kelly A. Parker 26

3 Charles Peirce on Ethics James Liszka 44

4 Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy Cornelis de Waal 83

5 Peirce's Moral "Realicism" Rosa Maria Mayorga 101

6 Improving Our Habits: Peirce and Meliorism Mats Bergman 125

7 Self-Control, Values, and Moral Development: Peirce on the Value-driven Dynamics of Human Morality Helmut Pape 149

8 Why Is the Normativity of Logic Based on Rules? Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen 172

9 Unassailable Belief and Ideal-Limit Opinion: Is Agreement Important for Truth? Mateusz W. Oleksy 185

10 The Normativity of Communication: Norms and Ideals in Peirce's Speculative Rhetoric Ignacio Redondo 214

11 Peircean Modal (and Moral?) Realism(s): Remarks on the Normative Methodology of Pragmatist Metaphysics Sami Pihlström 231

Notes 259

References 291

List of Contributors 309

Index 313

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