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The Seven Systems of Metaphysics

Peirce’s lecture “The Seven Systems of Metaphysics,” 1903, was the fourth in a series which elaborated on his categories and his view of philosophy as a system, distancing it from other systems of his time. In previous lectures Peirce has … Continue reading

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Peirce on Pragmaticism, 1

In “The Maxim of Pragmatism” Peirce works to distinguish his view of pragmatism from the new pragmatists that take the pragmatic maxim as the “sublime principle of speculative philosophy.” Peirce thinks the new pragmatists are too “lively,” which is to … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Teaching, Learning

In the “First Rule of Logic” Peirce makes an important point about learning which may seem commonsense, but is almost never observed in the design of teaching, or education in the United States generally. The point is that in order … Continue reading

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Continuity, Heraclitean Error

In his lecture “Philosophy and the Conduct of Life,” 1898, Peirce identifies an interesting aspect of Plato’s education. Before studying with Socrates, Plato was apparently a student of Cratylus, who was a Heraclitean. This, according to Peirce, is probably the … Continue reading

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Peirce on Synechism, 1

from “Immortality in the Light of Synechism,” 1893 Peirce defines the doctrine of synechism as follows: The word synechism is the English form of the Greek {synechismos}, from {synech├ęs}, continuous. For two centuries we have been affixing -ist and -ism … Continue reading

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Sanford Budick’s _Kant and Milton_ (2010)

I have been working my way through a very interesting recent book on Kant, Sanford Budick’s Kant and Milton, and I thought of the discussions we had in the seminar about Kant’s trajectory from reflecting judgment, the judgment of taste … Continue reading

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