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Peirce, Pragmatism, and the Logic of Scripture

Peirce, Pragmatism, and the Logic of Scripture

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  • Date Published: May 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521570411

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  • This is the first study of Charles Peirce's philosophy as a form of writing and the first study of his pragmatic writings as a critique of the modern attempt to change society by writing philosophy. Ochs argues that, as corrected by the pragmatists, the task of modern philosophy is, through writing, to diagram the otherwise hidden rules through which modern sociey repairs itself. Peirce labelled this elemental writing "enscribing," or "scripture." Redescribing Peirce's pragmatism as "the logic of scripture," Peter Ochs suggests that Christians and Jews may in fact re-read pragmatism as a logic of Scripture: that is, as a modern philosopher's way of diagramming the Bible's rules for repairing broken lives and healing societal suffering.

    • The only study of Peirce's philosophy as a form of writing and of Peirce's pragmatism as a critique of philosophic writing
    • The only study to correlate the logic of Peirce's pragmatism with a logic of Scripture
    • Peirce for postmodern literary scholars and postmodern theologians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[A] brilliant and detailed study.... complex, forcefully conceived." Journal of the American Academy of Religion

    "This is a fascinating and complex book." Wayne Proudfoot, The Journal of Religion

    "Like Peirce's texts themselves, this book is difficult but important. To scholars of religion familiar with Peirce, this book is invaluable." Religious Studies Review

    "This book is an intellectual jaw-breaker...an immensely rewarding study." Pro Ecclesia

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    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521570411
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Pierce's Pragmatic Writing:
    1. Introduction: reading Peirce's pragmatism
    2. Pragmatic methods of reading and interpretation
    3. Problems in Peirce's early critique of cartesianism
    4. Problems in Peirce's early theory of pragmatism
    5. Problems in Peirce's normative theory of pragmatism, 1878–1903
    6. A pragmatic reading of Peirce's lectures on pragmatism
    Part II. Pierce's Pragmatic Writing:
    17. Irremediable vagueness in Peirce's pragmaticist writings: a plain sense reading
    8. Pragmaticism re-read: from common-sense to the logic of scripture.

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    Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

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