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Applied Interdisciplinary Peirce Studies

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Edited By Elize Bisanz

The volume focuses on the application of Peirce’s semeiotic as a methodological tool to establish a common field for interdisciplinary research. Contributors from the fields of biology, architecture, logic, esthetics and neuroscience, among others, work on diverse research problems, unified by the idea of transcending the dyadic limitations of disciplinary restrictions and applying Peirce’s triadic method, and the structure and process of sign relations of the particular problem that has to be solved. The result is an invigorating example of methodological plasticity wherein the reader acquires an understanding of scientific observation within the complex universe of semeiosis relations.

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Peircean Logic as Semiotic Expanded into Biosemiotics as Transdisciplinary Framework (Søren Brier)

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Søren Brier

Peircean Logic as Semiotic Expanded into Biosemiotics as Transdisciplinary Framework

Abstract: Peircean pragmaticism is close to Popper’s critical rationalism in its fallibilism and evolutionary thinking. However, Peirce—in contrast to Popper— also encompasses the phenomenological and hermeneutical aspect of science as well as evolutionary thinking going beyond modern materialist Darwinism. Peirce’s synechistic continuity thinking, including the modern development of biosemiotics, represents a unity of science that the logical positivist could not produce because they refused to encompass the qualitative sciences. Peirce goes beyond constructivist postmodernism’s many incommensurable small stories as they are not able to produce any unity of knowledge and realism that can demarcate science from political ideology and storytelling. Though modern materialism now rests on more fundamental concepts of quantum matter fields and energy as the basis of the various forms of particles and forces than at Peirce’s times, it still has severe problems in constructing an ontology that can explain the emergence of intentionality, awareness, feelings, and linguistic self-consciousness. Peirce produces a transdisciplinary non-mechanistic process philosophy through his triadic pragmaticist semiotic realism that is inspired by German idealism, but exchanges Hegel spirit and dialectics with his three cenopythagorean categories and view of logic as a normative semiotic science that places him closer to Schelling. Peirce combines this with his synechist-based fallibilist view of modern empirical science. Thus, he integrates empirical quantitative science with qualitative science since phenomenology, and hermeneutical views are integrated into his semiotics (Ransdell, Joseph: Is Peirce a...

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