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ITEM — Box: 17 Identifier: MS Am 1632, (280)

Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914. The Basis of Pragmaticism (Basis) : autograph manuscript, circa 1905 Digital


  • Creation: circa 1905

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Physical Description

pp. 1-48.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: closed for digitization.

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General note

Also with fragments.

Of the different senses of philosophy, preference is stated for that sense in which it is synonymous with cenoscopy, i.e., the study of common experience. The need for a technical nomenclature and terminology in the idioscopic sciences. The situation in philosophy is somewhat different. Philosophy needs to admit into its language a body of words of vague significations with which to identify those vague ideas of ordinary life which it is its business to analyze. Logical analysis is not always adequate. Examples from the history of philosophy, especially Kant and Leibniz, of irresponsibility in logical analysis. Kant's use of necessary and universal. Blunders in logical analysis inevitable until proper method (pragmaticism) is adopted. Specifically, blunders result from the failure of philosophers to understand and accept the logic of relations. Elementary discussion of existential graphs (quite the luckiest find that has been gained in exact logic since Boole). Charles S. Peirce reflects bitterly on treatment received from institutions and publishers.

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