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ITEM — Box: 17 Identifier: MS Am 1632, (283)

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


  • Creation: 1787-1951

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Physical Description

with pp. 3-6 missing and with pp. 112-119 discarded.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: closed for digitization.

Boxes 20-21 (Items 301-316) Boxes 43-45 (Items 694-693) Boxes 33-35 (Items 471-517) Individual Items: 145 328 507 593 725 797-798 802 841 1355 1363-1364

For all other material, there are no restrictions on physical access. Collection is open for research.


2 folder

Physical Location


General note

(p. 120 continues p. 111), Also with 210 pp. of alternative sections and single page fragments

The following parts of this manuscript were published: p. 31 (section 8), pp 37-45 as 1.573-574; pp. 45-59 as 5.549-554; pp. 135-148 as 5.448n (footnote to Monist article Issues of Pragmaticism). Unpublished is the argument for the truth of pragmatism based upon the argument of the Harvard Lectures of 1903 which, Charles S. Peirce notes, were not published in his lifetime because of the failure of a friend to recommend them for printing. The meaning of science. Heuretic, practical, and retrospective science distinguished. The meaning of philosophy. Cenoscopic and synthetic philosophy. Methods of cenoscopic research. The idea of growth, as found in Aristotle and as applied to knowledge generally. The divisions of cenoscopy, with metaphysics as the third and last division and normative science as the mid-division. The deplorable condition of metaphysics: the necessity of logic and the normative sciences generally as propaedeutic to it. The hard dualism of normative science, its distinctness from practical science, and its relationship to psychology. Action, effort, and surprise: effort and surprise only experiences from which we can derive concept of action. Doctrine of Signs. Modes of indeterminacy; indefiniteness and generality; the quantity and quality of indeterminacy. The relationship of law and existence.

Burks' category: G-1905-1d.

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