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Charles S. PeirceOn Norms and Ideals$
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Vincent G. Potter

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780823217090

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823217090.001.0001

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Pragmatism & the Normative Sciences

Pragmatism & the Normative Sciences

(p.1) I Pragmatism & the Normative Sciences (p.2)
Charles S. Peirce

Vincent G. Potter

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses Charles S. Pierce's pragmatism. Although Peirce came to recognize the nature and role of the normative sciences only late in his career, still he was convinced that his own account of the hierarchical dependence of logic on ethics and of ethics on esthetics was a discovery of fundamental importance for a correct understanding of his system, and one which distinguished his “pragmaticism” from other less correct interpretations of his own famous maxim. The conclusion one must draw is that despite the relatively short time Peirce’spent working out his conception of normative science, and despite his many hesitations as to what ought to be included under that rubric, he had seen where and how the notion not only fitted into his view of philosophy, but he had also in some way united the whole thing, molding his earlier attempts at formulating the pragmatic maxim into a comprehensive and highly subtle analysis of meaning.

Keywords:   Charles S. Pierce, pragmatism, normative sciences, logic, ethics, esthetics, philosophy, pragmatic maxim, pragmaticism

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