ERIC Number: ED054726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun-3
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Was Peirce an "Educational" Philosopher?
McCarthy, Joseph M.
Charles Sanders Peirce, the progenitor of an entire school of philosophy, profoundly influenced our educational system, yet was curiously silent on educational questions. This paper discusses his early upbringing and schooling, and his involvement in education as a lecturer and professor. The major focus is on Peirce's written thoughts on education, which were sparse. The longest of these was in the form of a letter to Daniel Coit Gilman, written January 13, 1878. It expresses Peirce's thoughts on the organization and administration of an academic department, as well as his conviction that in the teaching of science "the professor's object ought to be to let his pupil as much into the interior of scientific thinking as possible, and for that purpose he should make his lecture experiments resemble real ones as much as possible." He felt that students who intended to be physicists should be in a laboratory situation from about age 9 to 12 and then return at 18 or 20. Peirce also wrote on mathematical logic and its relation to education, and on the nature of the university. He also gave consideration to teaching mathematics. His thoughts on education were systematic and evolved in the light of his "pragmatic" principles. (AF)
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Identifiers: Peirce (Charles S)
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, June 3, 1971