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The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce$
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Cornelis de Waal and Krysztof Piotr Skowronski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242443

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242443.001.0001

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Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy

Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy

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(p.83) Four Who's Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce?: Knocking Some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy
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The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce
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Cornelis de Waal

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242443.003.0004

This chapter explores the potential contribution of Peirce's theory of scientific inquiry to moral philosophy. It begins with an outline Peirce's theory of inquiry. It then addresses why Peirce believed that this theory of inquiry is inapplicable to what he called “matters of vital importance,” the latter including genuine moral problems. This presents two options: either to develop an alternative way of addressing moral problems or to reconcile moral problems with scientific inquiry as described by Peirce. Though Peirce seems to argue for the former, the chapter argues for the latter.

Keywords:   scientific inquiry, moral problems, moral philosophy, Charles Sanders Peirce

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