Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), the principal subject of this book, was
one of the most profound and prolific thinkers and scientists to have come
out of the United States. His pragmatic logic and scientific methodology
largely represent the application of interactive and intercommunicative
triadic processes, best viewed as strategic and dialogic conceptualisations
of logical aspects of thought, reasoning and action. These viewpoints also
involve pragmatic issues in communicating linguistic signs, and are unified
in his diagrammatic logic of existential graphs. The various game-theoretic
approaches to the semantics and pragmatics of signs and language, to the
theory of communication, and to the evolutionary emergence of signs,
provide a contemporary toolkit, the relevance of which Peirce envisioned to
a wondrous extent.
This work sheds considerable new light on these and other aspects of
Peirce's philosophy and his pragmatic theory of meaning. Many of his most
significant writings in this context reflect his later thinking, covering
roughly the last 15-20 years of his life, and they are still unpublished.
Drawing comprehensively from his unpublished manuscripts, the book offers a
fresh and rich picture of this remarkable man's original involvement with
logical aspects of thought in action.
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