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The Pragmatic MaximEssays on Peirce and pragmatism$
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Christopher Hookway

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588381.001.0001

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Logical Principles and Philosophical Attitudes: Peirce’s Response to James’s Pragmatism

Logical Principles and Philosophical Attitudes: Peirce’s Response to James’s Pragmatism

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(p.182) 10 Logical Principles and Philosophical Attitudes: Peirce’s Response to James’s Pragmatism
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The Pragmatic Maxim
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Christopher Hookway

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588381.003.0011

This chapter discusses Charles Sanders Peirce’s reactions to William James’s version of pragmatism. Peirce insisted that pragmatism was a logical principle and regarded pragmatism as a tool for scientific research. James, by contrast, had no place for principles: Peirce accused James of turning pragmatism into a‘doctrine of philosophy and described his position as nominalistic. This chapter explains the differences in their formulations of the doctrine of pragmatism. However, although Peirce rejected James’s pragmatism, he recognized similarities between his ‘pragmaticism’ and James’s ‘radical empiricism’. But Peirce is primarily concerned with methods of inquiry and the growth of knowledge, while James’s pragmatism is ‘an attitude’ which views proposals as things that can yield fruits of many kinds.

Keywords:   pragmatism, William James, Peirce, logic, radical empiricism

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