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Peirce, Charles Sanders
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(Sep 10, 1839, Cambridge, MA – Apr 19, 1914, Milford, PA), father of pragmatism (c. 1878), modern semiotics, and formal logic, probably the most important American philosopher. His philosophical technique is able to combine diverse approaches such as phenomenology and evolutionary cosmology, logical analysis and objective idealism in a formal theory of the structure of experience. His phenomenological theory of categories recognizes three universal, elementary, and complementary categories: firstness, secondness, and thirdness, interpreted…

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Pape, Helmut, “Peirce, Charles Sanders”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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