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Charles S. Peirce's Phenomenology: Analysis and Consciousness

Richard Kenneth Atkins


No reasonable person would deny that the sound of a falling pin is less intense than the feeling of a hot poker pressed against the skin, or that the recollection of something seen decades earlier is less vivid than beholding it in the present. Yet John Locke is quick to dismiss a blind man’s report that the color scarlet is like the sound of a trumpet, and Thomas Nagel similarly avers that such loose intermodal analogies are of little use in developing an objective phenomenology. Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), by striking contrast, maintains that the blind man is correct. Peirce’s reason ... More

Keywords: Peirce, pragmatism, American philosophy, phenomenology, consciousness, category, categoriality, experience, phaneron, phaneroscopy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190887179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190887179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Kenneth Atkins, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College