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ERIC Number: ED413607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
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The Metanarrative of Consequences in the Pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce.
Wilson, Greg
This paper proposes that elements of pragmatist philosophy are anti-rhetorical and encourage a cultural status quo. It tries to isolate the idiosyncratic meaning of the vocabulary that Charles Sanders Peirce uses in the foundational definition of pragmatism and shows how his reliance on logic forestalls possibilities for agency. Antonio Gramsci's idea of the organic intellectual is used to look for a way out of the over-determined structure that Peirce establishes. Peirce was a multi-talented scholar who did ground-breaking work in many disciplines, such as physics, astronomy, mathematics, semiotics, logic, psychology, and philosophy. In defining pragmatism, Peirce's focus on interpretation would make pragmatism very useful to cultural studies, but he did not see interpretation as offering a range of possible meanings. Alternatives are possible in a world where the national conditions are real and individuals' relations to them can be different. But in Peirce's world, objects and their consequences are real and individuals' relations to them are deterministic, thus rendering his formulation anti-rhetorical. (Contains five references). (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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