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The Varieties of Transcendence$
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Hermann Deuser, Hans Joas, Matthias Jung, and Magnus Schlette

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267576

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.001.0001

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The Dissenting Voice of Charles Peirce

The Dissenting Voice of Charles Peirce

Individuality, Community, and Transfiguration

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(p.185) The Dissenting Voice of Charles Peirce
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The Varieties of Transcendence
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Vincent Colapietro

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.003.0011

This chapter explores Charles Sanders Peirce's reflections on individuality, community, religion, and the social self. The social self is a transfigured agent, and central to this transfiguration is reflexivity. However, there are no inherent bounds to the depths of this emergent reflexivity, just as there are not intrinsic limits to the scope of our sociality. This chapter first considers Peirce's nuanced account of the individual self before discussing the most important respects in which a religious life, as defined by Peirce, is relevant to an adequate conception of individual selfhood. It then examines the notion that the human animal is a functionally unified agent but becomes a personal agent by the incorporation of norms and ideals. Such teleological unity culminates in a transfiguration of our duties, and the chapter looks at Peirce's contention that religion is the primary medium of this transfiguration. The chapter concludes by assessing the complex relationship between traditional religions, such as Christianity, and the ongoing task of cultivating a genuinely critical sensibility.

Keywords:   religion, Charles Sanders Peirce, individuality, community, transfiguration, reflexivity, individual self, religious life, selfhood, social self

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