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Thinking Through the ImaginationAesthetics in Human Cognition$
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John Kaag

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254934

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254934.001.0001

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C. S. Peirce and the Growth of the Imagination

C. S. Peirce and the Growth of the Imagination

(p.57) Three C. S. Peirce and the Growth of the Imagination
Thinking Through the Imagination

John Kaag

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the way that Kant's aesthetic theory, especially his understanding of imagination, genius and common sense, was imported into the philosophy of C.S. Peirce. Here, Peirce employs insights from Kant's aesthetics to place epistemology on a new footing that emphasizes the creative character of human cognition. Kaag highlights Peirce's early writings from 1868: “On a New List of Categories,” “Questions Concerning Faculties Claimed of Man,” and “Some Consequences of the Four Incapacities” and argues that these extend important Kantian themes.

Keywords:   Peirce, Kant, Alexander Gerard, Francis Abbott, Schiller, Aesthetic Letters, Pragmatism, Genius, Understanding, Sensibility, Mediation, continuity

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