Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914)

Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914)

Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914)

Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914)

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Two main purposes have guided the planning of the present collection of Peirce's writings: first, to introduce the general reader to the many sides of the most versatile, profound, and original philosopher that the United States has ever produced; second, to include unpublished and inaccessible material in which Peirce presented the cultural or humanistic aspects of science and philosophy and which have been neglected by students and editors of his work. Of course, it is hoped that the variety of specimens of Peirce's writings offered here will whet the reader's appetite for more, so that he will wish to look into the latest eight-volume Harvard University Press edition of Peirce Collected Papers. But he should not be surprised to find some of our selections (The Place of Our Age in the History of Civilization, the Lowell Lectures on the History of Science, Hume on the Laws of Nature, Letter to President D. C. Gilman, and Letters to Lady Welby) missing from the Harvard edition, since no edition of Peirce is complete. Since it is unlikely that there will ever be a complete edition of Peirce's scattered writings, fragments, letters, various drafts of a single essay, outlines of unfinished volumes, notes on earlier papers, U.S. Coast Survey Reports, translations, and reviews, the best guide for the further study of Peirce is the bibliography of his writings, arranged chronologically, by Arthur W. Burks, editor of the latest Harvard edition.

Because there is no full biography of Charles S. Peirce . . .

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