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PHIL 5535 Charles S. Peirce (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Charles Sanders Peirce is widely regarded as the greatest and most innovative philosopher to have come from the United States. He is the founder of pragmatism. He originated the view that true propositions are those that would be believed after sufficiently long and rigorous inquiry. His work helped to establish contemporary semiotics. Independently but contemporaneously with Edmund Husserl, Peirce developed a science of phenomenology. And he made many novel contributions to logic. Yet Peirce was never able to find a permanent academic position. In 1914, he died destitute near Milford, Pennsylvania, the vast majority of his work in manuscript form. This course will introduce key ideas from Peirce’s corpus, paying special attention to how his thought developed and the unique contributions he made to philosophy.


Instructor(s): Richard Kenneth Atkins

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 08-May-14