The Classification of the Sciences and Cross-disciplinarity

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In a world of ever growing specialization, the idea of a unity of science is commonly discarded, but cooperative work involving cross-disciplinary points of view is encouraged. The aim of this paper is to show with some textual support that Charles S. Peirce not only identified this paradoxical situation a century ago, but he also mapped out some paths for reaching a successful solution. A particular attention is paid to Peirce's classification of the sciences and to his conception of science as a collective and cooperative activity of all those whose lives are animated by the desire to discover the truth.
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Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition.Fisch, Max H.; Moore, Edward C.; Kloesel, Christian J. W. & Peirce, Charles S.

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