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Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays

by Charles Sanders Peirce

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The author, who spelled his name "Peirce", considered philosophy to be the most useful and necessary pursuit. He was an accomplished scientist -- chemistry, mathematics.
This work is a collection of his published (well-vetted) articles. ( )
  keylawk | Sep 8, 2015 |
Peirce, credited with "inventing" pragmatism, is now recognized as one of the seminal American philosophers although he seems to be much more popular in Europe than in the U.S., oddly. Rorty, one of the most recent pragmatists tended to dismiss Perice as not quite being able to let go of the notion of an ahistorical truth, which, to Rorty, would condemn him utterly.

Habermas is a fan, as is Umberto Eco--Peirce also, luck would have it, invented "semiotics", Eco's specialty when he isn't writing novels.

This is a pretty good introduction to his work, available for free as an ebook--but the ebook is a rough scan with no proofreading, so contains many mispellings and superfluous characters and the rendering of the handful of formulas makes then useless. We shouldn't complain too much about free books, but if you're really interested spring for [The Essential Peirce]. ( )
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Chance, Love, and Logic contains two books by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) which are among his most important and widely influential. The first is Illustrations of the Logic of Science. The opening chapters, “The Fixation of Belief” and “How to Make Our Ideas Clear,” mark the beginning of pragmatism. The second presents Peirce’s innovative and influential essays on scientific metaphysics.

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