Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays

Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays

Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays

Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays


Two of the most important and influential works by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) here in one volume. The first marks the beginning of pragmatism. The second presents Peirce's innovative essays on scientific metaphysics. (Peirce was) "one of the most original thinkers and system builders of any time, and certainly the greatest philosopher the United States has ever seen".--Joseph Brent, biographer.


Kenneth Laine Ketner

It would be challenging to try to imagine a more attractive title for a book about philosophy, science, and argumentation than Chance, Love, and Logic, a name that is at once both accurate and charming. Perhaps no other out-of-print book concerning Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), the founder of Pragmatism, is more deserving of reappearing in print than this volume.

Dr. Carolyn Eisele, one of the founders of the field of Peirce Studies and editor of his extensive writings on mathematics and the history of science, once mentioned to me that Morris Raphael Cohen (1880-1947) had done about as much as any mortal person to introduce Peirce's path-breaking work to the wider world where it was, and is, sorely needed. She was well informed; in her academic career at Hunter College in New York City, she had been acquainted with Cohen, who was a remarkable figure in American intellectual history. In fact, Eisele regarded Cohen as an unheralded hero for his pioneering efforts in bringing Peirce's writings to the public. These few introductory paragraphs constitute an outline justification of her assessment and a tribute to Cohen's important contribution to Peirce studies.

Chance, Love, and Logic (CLL) was the first anthology of Peirce's writings that was published after his death in 1914. As its editor, in light of the page limitation set by his publisher, Cohen chose the contents wisely. He selected two books Peirce published during his lifetime.

Uninformed scholars often remark that during his career Peirce published only one book, and that in photometry. This claim, however, is wrong; Cohen's edition consisting of two books is alone sufficient to demonstrate this fact.

The first such book Cohen selected Peirce entitled Illustrations of the Logic of Science, and it was serialized in Popular Science Monthly in six separate issues between 1877 and 1878. Peirce's logic of science (which he had developed as early as 1866) was a study of the . . .

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