Charles Sanders Peirce (Enlarged Edition), Revised and Enlarged Edition: A Life

Charles Sanders Peirce Enlarged Edition Revised and Enlarged Edition A Life Charles Sanders Peirce was born in September and died five months before the guns of August He is perhaps the most important mind the United States has ever produced He made significant cont

  • Title: Charles Sanders Peirce (Enlarged Edition), Revised and Enlarged Edition: A Life
  • Author: Joseph Brent
  • ISBN: 9780585037462
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Charles Sanders Peirce was born in September 1839 and died five months before the guns of August 1914 He is perhaps the most important mind the United States has ever produced He made significant contributions throughout his life as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, surveyor, cartographer, metrologist, engineer, and inventor He was a psychologist, a philoCharles Sanders Peirce was born in September 1839 and died five months before the guns of August 1914 He is perhaps the most important mind the United States has ever produced He made significant contributions throughout his life as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, surveyor, cartographer, metrologist, engineer, and inventor He was a psychologist, a philologist, a lexicographer, a historian of science, a lifelong student of medicine, and, above all, a philosopher, whose special fields were logic and semiotics He is widely credited with being the founder of pragmatism In terms of his importance as a philosopher and a scientist, he has been compared to Plato and Aristotle He himself intended to make a philosophy like that of Aristotle Peirce was also a tormented and in many ways tragic figure He suffered throughout his life from various ailments, including a painful facial neuralgia, and had wide swings of mood which frequently left him depressed to the state of inertia, and other times found him explosively violent Despite his consistent belief that ideas could find meaning only if they worked in the world, he himself found it almost impossible to make satisfactory economic and social arrangements for himself This brilliant scientist, this great philosopher, this astounding polymath was never able, throughout his long life, to find an academic post that would allow him to pursue his major interest, the study of logic, and thus also fulfill his destiny as America s greatest philosopher Much of his work remained unpublished in his own time, and is only now finding publication in a coherent, chronologically organized edition Even astounding is that,despite many monographic studies, there has been no biography until now, almost eighty years after his death Brent has studied the Peirce papers in detail and enriches his account with numerous quotations from letters by Peirce and by his friends This is a fascinating account of a p

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