You’re right – I was able to find a Google scanned book on Peirce’s writings that is somewhat easier to read. If anyone else is interested, it’s at:
http://books.google.com/books?hl=en <http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ClSjXRIbxAMC&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=%2 2C.S.+Peirce%22+book&ots=a9mFko1DQJ&sig=eB9gjpUITid68-8k7pfzB6JUU3g#PPA5,M1> &lr=&id=ClSjXRIbxAMC&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=%22C.S.+Peirce%22+book&ots=a9mFko1DQJ& sig=eB9gjpUITid68-8k7pfzB6JUU3g#PPA5,M1
It isn’t the “New List of Categories” that I would have preferred to start with, but it will do for now.
From: Gill Philip [mailto:g.philip.polidoro at gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 2:49 AM To: Rich Cooper Cc: corpora at uib.no Subject: Re: [Corpora-List] Pierce's ON A NEW LIST OF CATEGORIES
having glanced at the URL you've been "trying to read", (Ithink) I see what the problem is - the paper is a very concise synthesis of ideas which, if I remember correctly (and it's been a long time since I read Peirce), are explained 'long-hand' elsewhere. Sometimes those seemingly brief writings actually take far longer to grasp than the longer ones...
If you can get hold of a copy of Peirce's complete writings, you'll find all the terms better set out, probably over a series of chapters.
Try C.S Peirce (1857-1866 / 1965) Collected Papers. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
If you're lucky, google books might have indexed it too. Otherwise we'll have to wait on some kind soul who'se modernised the language a bit.
hope this is some help to you,
On 31/07/2008, Rich Cooper <rich at englishlogickernel.com> wrote:
I've been trying to read Pierce's "On a New List of Categories" at
The problem is that it is highly populated with arcane terms that have little or no meaning to my 2008 experience. Does anyone have a more modern version, perhaps a rephrasing of the same material? This is the part about Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness, and all the ancillary materials in the following matrix from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Peirce#Theory_of_categories
Peirce's Categories (technical name: the cenopythagorean categories <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Peirce#cite_note-cenopythagorean-20%23 cite_note-cenopythagorean-20> )
As universe of experience:
Quality of feeling.
Ideas, chance, possibility.
Reference to a ground (a ground is a pure abstraction of a quality) <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Peirce#cite_note-ground-21%23cite_note -ground-21> .
Essentially monadic (the quale, in the sense of the thing with the quality).
Reaction, resistance, (dyadic) relation.
Brute facts, actuality.
Reference to a correlate (by its relate).
Essentially dyadic (the relate and the correlate).
Habits, laws, necessity.
Reference to an interpretant*.
Essentially triadic (sign, object, interpretant*).
>From hearing previous discussions about Pierce, this seems to be the kernel
concept of his works. So it would be useful to know what he means in these areas.
Alternative URLs appreciated,
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