Is Peirce’s Reduction Thesis Gerrymandered?

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 58 (4):271-300 (2022)
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Abstract

We argue that traditional formulations of the reduction thesis that tie it to privileged relational operations do not suffice for Peirce’s justification of the categories and invite the charge of gerrymandering to make it come out as true. We then develop a more robust invariant formulation of the thesis, one that is immune to that charge, by explicating the use of triads in any relational operations. The explication also allows us to track how Thirdness enters the structure of higher order relations and even to propose a numerical measure of it. Our analysis reveals new conceptual phenomena when negation or disjunction are used to compound relations.

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Sergiy Koshkin
University of Houston - Downtown

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