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Truth, Rationality, and PragmatismThemes from Peirce$
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Christopher Hookway

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199256586.001.0001

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Metaphysics, Science, and Self‐Control

Metaphysics, Science, and Self‐Control

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(p.182) 7 Metaphysics, Science, and Self‐Control
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Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism
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Christopher Hookway (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256586.003.0008

Explores the role of metaphysics in Peirce's philosophy and discusses some themes in Karl Otto Apel's interpretation of his thought. Apel claims that Peirce's is a sort of transcendental philosophy, that he defended ‘transcendental semiotic’. The chapter challenges Apel's claim, arguing that Peirce rejected transcendental arguments, claiming that at best they establish that we are justified in hoping that their conclusions are true. It is argued that the role of Peirce's metaphysics in his philosophy is to provide a general scientific account of what the world must be like for the regulative ideas or hopes adopted in logic to be absolutely true. It concludes with a discussion of how metaphysical ideas provide guidance in constructing hypotheses in science.

Keywords:   Karl Apel, hope, metaphysics, Peirce, regulative ideas, transcendental philosophy

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