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The Politics of SurvivalPeirce, Affectivity, and Social Criticism$
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Lara Trout

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232956

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232956.001.0001

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The Law of Mind, Association, and Sympathy

The Law of Mind, Association, and Sympathy

Monist “Cosmology Series” and Association Writings, 1890s

(p.174) Four The Law of Mind, Association, and Sympathy
The Politics of Survival

Lara Trout

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the concepts of sympathy and association in Charles S. Peirce's Monist Cosmology Series and Association Writings published in the 1890s. In these publications, Peirce presents a synechistic individual who emerges as a potential source of novelty because of her unique experience and creativity. This chapter provides an affectivity- and social criticism-focused interpretation of key insights in Peirce's essays in relation to the synechistic individual and the community. It also shows that agape provides an insightful communal ideal especially for those in hegemonic groups who need to practice loving concern and openness toward community members in non-hegemonic groups.

Keywords:   Charles S. Peirce, Monist, synechistic individual, agape, communal ideal

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