Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 5

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 5

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 5

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 5

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"Highly recommended." --Choice

"... an important event for the world of philosophy. For the first time we have available in an intelligible form the writings of one of the greatest philosophers of the past hundred years." --The Times Literary Supplement

Volume 5 of this landmark edition covers an important transition in Peirce's life, marked by a rekindled enthusiasm for speculative philosophy. The writings include essays relating to his all-embracing theory of categories as well as papers on logic and mathematics.

Excerpt

Editions differ in what they select and how they arrange and edit their texts. Our selecting, arranging, and editing in the Writings of Charles S. Peirce: a Chronological Edition are guided by the belief that Peirce’s writings are, as he said of Plato’s, “worthy of being viewed as the record of the entire development of thought of a great thinker” and that the development of his thought is eminently worth studying; for Peirce contributed to an exceptionally wide range of disciplines—in mathematics, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities—while aiming always at eventual synthesis, with a primary focus in logic, more and more broadly conceived.

The need for a comprehensive, chronologically arranged edition of Peirce’s writings began to be acutely felt after Murray Murphey’s The Development of Peirce’s Philosophy appeared in 1961. At the “Arisbe Conference” in Milford, Pennsylvania, in October 1973, some twenty-five Peirce scholars discussed the relative merits of several alternative plans for such an edition, and settled on a selected but strictly chronological one. Indiana University assumed responsibility for the preparation of the new edition in 1975, and the Peirce Edition Project was established at the Indianapolis campus, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Supporting grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation began in July 1976, and the Project got underway with a full-time staff of three. An Advisory Board and a group of Contributing Editors were appointed and, after a meeting with the former in November 1977, general policies and procedures were adopted. in the meantime, copies of most of Peirce’s lifetime publications and of his manuscripts deposited in the Houghton Library of Harvard University had been acquire’d—and materials from other depositories were added later. Since 1991, the year of Professor Max Fisch’s retirement, the Project has had a full-time staff of five.

When work toward the new edition began in 1975, the only edition of Peirce’s writings in more than one volume was the eight-volume CollectedPapers (1931–35, 1958). But in 1976 there appeared the four volumes (in five) of The New Elements of Mathematics. By that time the first part of Peirce’s Contributions to the nation had been published; parts 2, 3, and 4 followed in 1978, 1979, and 1988. in 1977 there appeared the Complete Published Works, a 149-microfiche edition accompanied by a printed Comprehensive Bibliography (revised and enlarged by 12 fiches in 1986). and . . .

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