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The Fitness of an Ideal: A Peircean Ethics

The Fitness of an Ideal: A Peircean Ethics Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 97­119 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Aaron Massecar The paper makes a place for a Peircean Ethics. It briefly outlines the theory/practice problem, and then moves on to the difficult development of Ethics as a normative science. It is no surprise that Peirce wrote about Ethics as a Normative Science at the same time as the ideals of conduct in 1903. The result of this work is a theory of the growth of concrete reasonableness that provides us with the tools to critically engage the ideals that guide our behaviour. This description relies on an explanation of the slow percolation of forms, or more particularly, of generals. This is the heart of synechism. Synechism is founded on the notion that the coalescence, the becoming continuous, the becoming governed by laws, the becoming instinct with general ideas, are but phases of one and the same process of the growth of reasonableness. ­ C. S. Peirce (CP 5.4, 1902) In 1898, Charles Sanders Peirce stood before his audience and said, "Now, the two masters, theory and practice, you cannot serve" (EP 2:34)1 and condemned with the whole strength of conviction the tendency to mingle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

The Fitness of an Ideal: A Peircean Ethics

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (2): 97 – Apr 21, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 97­119 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Aaron Massecar The paper makes a place for a Peircean Ethics. It briefly outlines the theory/practice problem, and then moves on to the difficult development of Ethics as a normative science. It is no surprise that Peirce wrote about Ethics as a Normative Science at the same time as the ideals of conduct in 1903. The result of this work is a theory of the growth of concrete reasonableness that provides us with the tools to critically engage the ideals that guide our behaviour. This description relies on an explanation of the slow percolation of forms, or more particularly, of generals. This is the heart of synechism. Synechism is founded on the notion that the coalescence, the becoming continuous, the becoming governed by laws, the becoming instinct with general ideas, are but phases of one and the same process of the growth of reasonableness. ­ C. S. Peirce (CP 5.4, 1902) In 1898, Charles Sanders Peirce stood before his audience and said, "Now, the two masters, theory and practice, you cannot serve" (EP 2:34)1 and condemned with the whole strength of conviction the tendency to mingle

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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