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The Road of Inquiry : Charles Peirce's Pragmatic Realism - Peter Skagestad

The Road of Inquiry

Charles Peirce's Pragmatic Realism

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 1981
ISBN: 9780231050043
Number Of Pages: 261
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Scientist, mathematician, thinker, the father of pragmatism, the inspiration for William James and John Dewey, Charles Peirce has remained until recently a philosopher's philosopher. Peirce trod a fine line between the extremes of nominalism and realism, tough-minded pragmatism and metaphysical speculation. As Peter Skagestad makes clear, Peirce's system of thought was fragmented, incomplete, and sometimes inconsistent. But one overriding concern gives unity to the whole: the road of inquiry must never be blocked.

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This is not merely a reportorial study of Peirce; it is philosophical and critical, largely sympathetic, but not blind to the puzzling dodges and enigmatic gaps and flaws to be found in some of Peirce's important arguments and theorizing. "The Road of Inquiry" does a very good job of showing why these themes are important, not only for understanding Peirce but in relation to more recent philosophical discussions and debates on the nature of meaning, empirical scientific inquiry, and meta-physical commitments of scientific methods and theories. "This is not merely a reportorial study of Peirce; it is philosophical and critical, largely sympathetic, but not blind to the puzzling dodges and enigmatic gaps and flaws to be found in some of Peirce's important arguments and theorizing. "The Road of Inquiry" does a very good job of showing why these themes are important, not only for understanding Peirce but in relation to more recent philosophical discussions and debates on the nature of meaning, empirical scientific inquiry, and meta-physical commitments of scientific methods and theories."

ISBN: 9780231050043
ISBN-10: 0231050046
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 261
Published: 22nd April 1981
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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