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Peirce’s garden of forking metaphors
Peirce’s garden of forking metaphors

Author(s): Aleksandar Feodorov
Subject(s): Epistemology, Semiology, Logic, Pragmatism
Keywords: Peirce; metaphor; effete mind; play of musement; abduction; Borges;

Summary/Abstract: The philosophic system of the founder of pragmatism Charles Sanders Peirce is rarely grasped from the point of view of its metaphoric usage. However, some of his most original yet often misunderstood and contested ideas such as those of ‘matter as effete mind’ and ‘the play of musement’ are metaphoric representations. In the present paper I am offering a new way to discuss the role of metaphors in Peirce’s philosophy by taking a twofold approach to the problem. On the one hand, metaphor itself becomes an object of inquiry. I touch upon the appearances of metaphoric thinking at the level of his classes of signs and metaphor’s relation to abductive inference. I trace those appearances in the process of their becoming from the spontaneity of Firstness towards the actuality of Secondness via the generalizing effects of Thirdness.

  • Issue Year: 46/2018
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 188-215
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: English