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Prolegomena to a Science of Reasoning

Phaneroscopy, Semeiotic, Logic

Charles S. Peirce

Edited By Elize Bisanz

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), American Scientist, Mathematician, and Logician, developed much of the logic widely used today. Using copies of his unpublished manuscripts, this book provides a comprehensive collection of Peirce’s writings on Phaneroscopy and the outlines of his project to develop a Science of Reasoning. The collection is focused on three main fields: Phaneroscopy, the science of observation, Semeiotic, the science of sign relations, and Logic, the science of inferences. Peirce understands all thought to be mediated in and through signs and its essence to be diagrammatic. The book serves as a timely contribution for the introduction of Peirce’s Phaneroscopy to the emerging research field of Image Sciences.
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Essays toward the Full Comprehension of Reasonings. Preface


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Essays Toward the Full Comprehension of Reasonings Preface88

The track over which the Reader and I shall ramble in these pages is certainly not one to suit a person fagged out with hard work or desirous of almost passive stir. At the other extreme, should some athlete intellect imagine that the fever of his longing to put some mighty Mt. Everest under his feet could in any degree be allayed as a consequence of his joining our little excursion, _ grrr-rl! How suddenly the other paw would kick the beam! Pardon, I beg, the dislocation of the metaphor;—‘twas the violence of the supposition that did it. No, our track is well adapted to exercise an understanding that is both active and vigorous, without being gifted with any extraordinary powers. Now this describes what I myself was before five decades of thoughtful and critical reading with about three hours daily strenuous inquiry of my own had brought my powers up to the point which my maker had not intended they should surpass,—in this life, at any rate. Of course, I wish they were greater. I venture to hope they may be so hereafter. But meantime they are more than respectable, and I ought to be humbly grateful. But the point of interest is that I may be encouraged to hope that I may succeed in rendering these pages useful to a reader whose powers and desires are such as my own formerly were. Indeed, I...

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