Peirce as a Writer

Philosophy and Literature 43 (2):384-410 (2019)
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C. S. Peirce’s writings are instructive in a number of ways, not least of all for how they, in part despite themselves, assist us in conceiving what he was so strongly disposed to disparage, literary discourse. He possessed greater linguistic facility and deeper literary sensibility than he appreciated, though a militantly polemical identity helped to insure he left this facility undeveloped and this sensibility unacknowledged.2 For this and other reasons, a study of Peirce as a writer is worthwhile. It is likely to prove more fruitful than he would have expected. The present essay is only a preliminary study of what would need much...



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