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Restructuring the Sciences: Peirce's Categories and His Classifications of the Sciences

Richard Kenneth Atkins
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Vol. 42, No. 4 (Fall, 2006), pp. 483-500
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40321346
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This essay shows that Peirces (more or less) final classification of the sciences arises from the systematic application of his Categories of Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness to the classification of the sciences themselves and that he does not do so until his 1903 s "An Outline Classification of the Sciences/' The essay proceeds by: First, making some preliminary comments regarding Peirce s notion of an architectonic, or classification of the sciences; Second, briefly explaining Peirce s Categories of Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness; Third, examining how Peirce classifies the sciences in 1902 and 1903—and specifically how the 1903 classification utilizes the Categories; Fourth and finally, showing that he is only led to classify the sciences in this fashion as result of his philosophical inquiries during those intervening months—especially as a result of his Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism.

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