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Peirce's Esthetics of Freedom

Possibility, Complexity, and Emergent Value


Roberta Kevelson

According to Peirce, the value of the idea of freedom arises only to oppose the idea of necessity. Freedom emerges as a working value, a primary esthetic principle, in response to that which is perceived as fixed, determined, necessary, absolute. The idea of Freedom materializes, assumes a million appearances, wears its ten million masks...
...Freedom as the Freedom-to-Focus is a Peircean esthetic process that becomes realized through the three stages of Fragment/Fractal, Fact, Form. This triadic process corresponds to the semiotic functions of Icon, Index, Symbol.
Freedom's course is nonlineal, self-corrective, dynamic, open: Freedom is the occasion for Chaos, and Chaos is the locus of Form.
Contents: Freedom's Faces - Human Affairs - Exchange as Permutation: Stuff and Nonsense - Experiment's End - Musement.