Charles Peirce's Guess at the Riddle

Charles Peirce's Guess at the Riddle

Grounds for Human Significance
John K. Sheriff
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1994
Format: cloth 128 pages, 7 illus.
5.5 x 8.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-35204-0
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“Sheriff’s text moves the “guess” to a new level of understanding, while integrating much of Peirce’s philosophy, and provokes many questions.” —Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newletter

“The purpose of Sheriff’s work is to expound Peirce’s unified theory of the universe—from cosmology to semiotic—and to discuss its ramifications for how we should live. He concludes that Peirce has given us a theory we can live with. The book makes an important contribution to philosophy of life and to the humanities in general.” —Nathan Houser

“In clear and concise prose, Sheriff describes Peirce’s ‘theory of everything,’ a vision of cosmic and human meaning that offers a positive alternative to popular pessimistic and relativistic approaches to life and meaning.” —Peirce Project Newsletter

Author Bio

JOHN K. SHERIFF is Ernest E. Leisy Professor of English at Bethel College. He is the author of The Fate of Meaning: Charles Peirce, Structuralism, and Literature; The Good-Natured Man: The Evolution of a Moral Ideal, 1660–1800; and articles on semiotics and literary theory.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Nathan Houser

Preface

Acknowledgments

1
Peirce’s Cosmogonic Philosophy

2
Mind

3
Signs

4
Belief, Reality, and Truth

5
Esthetics, Ethics, and Logic

6
Philosophical Sentimentalism

Notes

Index