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Peirce, Science, Signs

Kevelson, Roberta

Peirce, Science, Signs

Series: Semiotics and the Human Sciences - Volume 9

Year of Publication: 1996

New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1996. XVI, 206 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-3016-4 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.470 kg, 1.036 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book focuses on how Peirce, himself, employed his own method of science in examining and evolving complex ideas, or sign-systems. Since Peirce regarded the main objective of his Semiotics to bring together in greater comprehensive generality two or more frames of reference or idea-systems, this book looks at how competing universes of discourse in various disciplines such as medicine, law, economics, present that special Indexical structure which Peirce says characterizes actual experience. In this book the author gives prominence to the Practical Sciences.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Roberta Kevelson published most extensively on Peirce over the past decades. She regarded his work as holistic, with the theory of signs, Semiotics, as mediating between other more traditional systems of thought. She was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Penn State where she directed the Center for Semiotic Research. Professor Kevelson died in 1998.


«The book in its entirety is a model of the expansion and interaction of widely varied universes of discourse; Kevelson has made her medium her message, and done it provocatively and effectively.» (Mattie Scott, Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis)


Semiotics and the Human Sciences. Vol. 9
General Editor: Roberta Kevelson