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C. S. Peirce and the Nested Continua Model of Religious Interpretation$
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Gary Slater

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753230.001.0001

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Toward a Peircean Philosophy of History

Toward a Peircean Philosophy of History

(p.89) Chapter 3 Toward a Peircean Philosophy of History
C. S. Peirce and the Nested Continua Model of Religious Interpretation

Gary Slater

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses Peirce’s philosophy toward history as its horizon for metaphysical speculation, exploring the nested continua model’s possibilities for the philosophy of historiography and history. It examines methodological considerations of evidence, explanation, and counterfactual arguments. It examines Peirce’s writings on history and some of the secondary literature, and articulates a Peircean philosophy of history. The problems discussed are: how to interpret the past; how to place specific communities within history as a whole; whether historians are practicing art, science, or both; and how history relates to time. This chapter moves beyond the overtly Peircean material into the theological material. It is necessary in positing history as a mediator between Peter Ochs’s account of history and Robert C. Neville’s account of time, and with regard to establishing a continuous line of inquiry from the immediacy of one person or group of people’s experience and the vast structures of the cosmos.

Keywords:   philosophy of history, philosophy of historiography, Peter Ochs, Robert C. Neville, metaphysical speculation, counterfactual arguments

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