Peirce's Maxim of Pragmatism: 61 Formulations

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 56 (4):580-599 (2020)
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Peirce is best known as the founder of pragmatism, but his dissatisfaction with how others understood and appropriated it prompted him to rename his own doctrine “pragmaticism” and to compose several variants of his original maxim defining it, as well as numerous restatements and elaborations. This paper presents an extensive selection of such formulations, followed by analysis and commentary demonstrating that for Peirce the ultimate meaning of an intellectual concept is properly expressed as a conditional proposition about the deliberate, self-controlled conduct of its interpreters, not the law-governed behavior of its object.

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