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The Resource Charles Sanders Peirce : a life, Joseph Brent

Charles Sanders Peirce : a life, Joseph Brent

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Charles Sanders Peirce : a life
Title
Charles Sanders Peirce
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Brent
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Charles Sanders Peirce was born in September 1839 and died five months before the guns of August 1914. He is perhaps the most important mind the United States has ever produced. He made significant contributions throughout his life as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, geodesist, surveyor, cartographer, metrologist, engineer, and inventor. He was a psychologist, a philologist, a lexicographer, a historian of science, a lifelong student of medicine, and, above all, a philosopher, whose special fields were logic and semiotics. He is widely credited with being the founder of pragmatism. In terms of his importance as a philosopher and a scientist, he has been compared to Plato and Aristotle. He himself intended "to make a philosophy like that of Aristotle." Peirce was also a tormented and in many ways tragic figure. He suffered throughout his life from various ailments, including a painful facial neuralgia, and had wide swings of mood which frequently left him depressed to the state of inertia, and other times found him explosively violent. Despite his consistent belief that ideas could find meaning only if they "worked" in the world, he himself found it almost impossible to make satisfactory economic and social arrangements for himself. This brilliant scientist, this great philosopher, this astounding polymath was never able, throughout his long life, to find an academic post that would allow him to pursue his major interest, the study of logic, and thus also fulfill his destiny as America's greatest philosopher. Much of his work remained unpublished in his own time, and is only now finding publication in a coherent, chronologically organized edition. Even more astounding is that, despite many monographic studies, there has been no biography until now, almost eighty years after his death. Brent has studied the Peirce papers in detail and enriches his account with numerous quotations from letters by Peirce and by his friends. This is a fascinating account of a prodigious talent who, though unable to find a suitable accommodation within his own society, nevertheless managed to produce an enormous body of brilliant work. Brent's analysis uncovers a double tragedy: that of a flawed genius, and of a society unwilling or unable to recognize and support its own best son
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Brent, Joseph
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Peirce, Charles S.
  • Philosophers
Label
Charles Sanders Peirce : a life, Joseph Brent
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [370]-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Thomas A. Sebeok -- Introduction: Facets of the Puzzle -- 1. Father, Son, and Melusina: 1839-1871 -- 2. "Our Hour of Triumph is What Brings the Void": 1871-1882 -- 3. Expulsion from the Academy and the Search for a New Eden: 1883-1891 -- 4. Paradise Lost: 1890-1900 -- 5. Endgame: 1900-1914 -- 6. The Wasp in the Bottle
Control code
26014681
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 388 pages
Isbn
9780253312679
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92019888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1505315
Label
Charles Sanders Peirce : a life, Joseph Brent
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [370]-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Thomas A. Sebeok -- Introduction: Facets of the Puzzle -- 1. Father, Son, and Melusina: 1839-1871 -- 2. "Our Hour of Triumph is What Brings the Void": 1871-1882 -- 3. Expulsion from the Academy and the Search for a New Eden: 1883-1891 -- 4. Paradise Lost: 1890-1900 -- 5. Endgame: 1900-1914 -- 6. The Wasp in the Bottle
Control code
26014681
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 388 pages
Isbn
9780253312679
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92019888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1505315

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