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The Continuity of Peirce's Thought (Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy) Hardcover – May 18, 1998


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  • Series: Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press; 1st edition (May 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826512968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826512963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know of no better introduction to Peirce. Parker's book is the first to present Peirce's philosophy fully and systematically following Peirce's own system. This is a stimulating work that should engage even the most sophisticated Peirce scholar.
--Nathan Houser, Director of the Peirce Edition Project

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Kelly A. Parker is assistant professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan. His research and publications focus primarily on American pragmatism and environmental philosophy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rick Ballen on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Peirce never said the same thing twice in exactly the same way. His writings are a vast, brilliant continuum. Kelly Parker has helped tame this expanse with this very intelligent, well-written book. First, read volume 1 of the Essential Peirce to get a sense of what Peirce is about. Unless you are willing to read many more thousands of pages of Peirce's other writings - many of which are not readily available - the next step is to read this book, which does an admirable job of presenting Peirce's thought as a connected whole. Along the way read Brent's biography of Peirce.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. on February 29, 2012
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Based on the combined criteria of interest, utility, clarity and organization, "Continuity of Peirce's Thought" is one of the best philosophy books I've read, and is my favorite of the books and articles I've seen about Peirce. It will be welcomed by those who have been frustrated at finding an accessible, coherent, convincing presentation of Peirce's full system. All the significant areas of Peirce's philosophy are described: pragmatism, semeiotic, architectonic, philosophy of math, synechism, agapism, tychism (although not so much of the latter). The presentation is very logical and economical. Best of all, the text is coherent and almost always crystal clear.

Continuity (synechism) is the linchpin in Parker's presentation, which is justifiable since Peirce called it the "master key" to philosophy. The discussion of continuity is wide-ranging -- working out from its mathematical origins to its implications in phenomenology and semeiotic -- and extensive enough that the reader can finally begin to engage critically with the concept. Parker also incorporates `process' into the heart of several discussions, resulting in an effective presentation of Peirce's semeiotic and philosophy of mind. This should please process theorists, who have to work harder at extracting Peirce's processual ideas from other texts.

Other books and papers provide more details and insight into specific topics, Peirce's philosophical context, and biography, but I believe Parker's book provides the best foundation for further study.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
No he leido el libro, pero estoy muy interesada en conseguirlo
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