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Applied Interdisciplinary Peirce Studies


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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What Is the Esthetics of Charles S. Peirce For? Inquiry into a Theoretical Framework of Esthetics for a Theory of Discovery (Tiago da Costa e Silva)


Tiago da Costa e Silva

What Is the Esthetics of Charles S. Peirce For? Inquiry into a Theoretical Framework of Esthetics for a Theory of Discovery

Abstract: Charles S. Peirce laid the groundwork for a rather innovative esthetic theory. He took the concept of esthetics as an equivalent of aesthetica, the discipline founded in the 18th century by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten. Baumgarten had taken his lead from Leibniz, and his new science was meant to do for sensate knowledge what logic does for rational demonstrative knowledge. From 1902 onwards, Peirce placed his version of esthetics at the centre of his theory of knowledge. Thus, esthetics was granted the highest philosophical importance within Peirce’s philosophical architecture. According to Peirce, by drawing on principles from the highly hypothetical knowledge provided by mathematics as well as phenomenology – which in turn provides phenomenological or positive experience – esthetics is tasked with discovering, on the one hand, the most ideal state of things that could possibly have a practical bearing on human conduct and, on the other hand, with developing the theory of the deliberate formation of habits of feeling through a series of self-criticisms and heterocriticisms. In this article, I intend to briefly present the philosophical context of Peirce’s esthetics, as well as to inquire into the highly theoretical importance he attributed to it. The central question I address here is: What is the esthetics of Charles S. Peirce for? My hypothesis is that the analysis of normative esthetics can reveal...

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