Charles Sanders Peirce

(1839_1914 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Charles Sanders Peirce
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Charles Sanders Peirce (September 10, 1839 – April 19, 1914) was an American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist, sometimes known as "the father of pragmatism". He was educated as a chemist and employed as a scientist for 30 years. Today he is appreciated largely for his contributions to logic, mathematics, philosophy, scientific methodology, and semiotics, and for his founding of pragmatism. In 1934, the philosopher Paul Weiss called Peirce "the most original and versatile of American philosophers and America's greatest logician".

An innovator in mathematics, statistics, philosophy, research methodology, and various sciences, Peirce considered ... more »

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  • Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, o...
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. Originally published in Popular Science Monthly (1877). "The Fixation of Belief," Coll...
  • ''It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last.''
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. Originally published in Popular Science Monthly (1877). "The Fixation of Belief," Coll...
  • Fate then is that necessity by which a certain result will surely be brought to pass according to the natural course of events however we may vary the particular circumstances which precede the event....
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. "The Logic of 1873," Collected Papers, vol. 7, para. 334, Harvard University Press (19...
  • Theology, I am persuaded, derives its initial impulse from a religious wavering; for there is quite as much, or more, that is mysterious and calculated to awaken scientific curiosity in the intercours...
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. Manuscript written 1898. "The Logic of Events," Collected Papers, vol. 6, para. 3, Har...
  • ''A true proposition is a proposition belief which would never lead to such disappointment so long as the proposition is not understood otherwise than it was intended.''
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. Originally published in Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology, vol. 2 (1901). "Truth...
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