Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 6

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 6

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 6

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition - Vol. 6

Synopsis

Volume 6 of this landmark edition contains 66 writings mainly from the unsettled period in Peirce's life just after he moved from New York to Milford, Pennsylvania, followed shortly afterward by the death of his mother. The writings in this volume reveal Peirce's powerful mind probing into diverse issues, looking for an underlying unity, but, perhaps, also looking for direction.

Excerpt

This is the sixth volume of the chronological edition of the writings of Charles S. Peirce, started in 1975 under the leadership of Max H. Fisch and Edward C. Moore and expected to run to thirty volumes. the edition is selective but comprehensive and includes all writings, on any subject, believed to shed significant light on the development of Peirce’s thought. the selections are edited according to the guidelines of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions, and Volume 6 has been awarded the Committee’s seal as an approved edition.

During the six years since Volume 5 appeared, the Peirce Edition Project has been reorganized and its production methods revamped to more fully integrate computing technology at all stages of operation and to put a system in place that can better support parallel volume editing. the integrity and continuity of the edition has remained a principal concern, but there have been a few changes in policy and practice that should be noted. These changes concern (1) the manuscript base that supports the edition, (2) the expected publication order of forthcoming volumes, and (3) the internal organization and style of the volumes.

1. the Peirce Edition Project will no longer attempt to definitively reorganize all of Peirce’s manuscripts and to assign new chronologically-determined manuscript numbers. That effort, which involved only a virtual reorganization as the manuscript originals are not physically located in Indianapolis, was found to be unnecessarily time-consuming because it required the thorough study and reorganization of all Peirce’s manuscripts, including many that were not candidates for publication. For the purposes of the chronological edition, a less definitive rearrangement of manuscripts is satisfactory, one that integrates every manuscript within a unified chronology of all of Peirce’s writings, but which accepts in many cases the manuscript arrangements of the holding archives. the chronological catalogs beginning with this volume will number Peirce’s writings in their order of composition year by year, after the style of the Burks catalog in Volume 8 of the Collected Papers, and manuscripts will be identified by their Robin numbers (for Harvard’s Houghton Library collection) or by standard archive identifiers (for other collections). Future volumes will continue to be chronological, with their published texts generally identified by selection number and title . . .

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