The meaning of pragmatism: The ethics of terminology and the language of philosophy

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Abstract

I. The classical pragmatist tradition; contemporary distortions of pragmatism. II. Peirce's thesis of the "growth of meaning"; its relevance to the vocabulary of the sciences and the rationality of the scientific enterprise. III. Peirce's "ethics of terminology"; its connection with his aspiration to make philosophy "scientific." IV. Why, in the language of philosophy today, we see impoverishment of meaning and violations of the ethics of terminology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-29
Number of pages21
JournalTeorema
Volume28
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Keywords

  • C. S. Peirce
  • Enrichment/impoverishment of meaning
  • Ethics of terminology
  • Language of philosophy
  • Language of science
  • Neo-pragmatism
  • Pragmaticism
  • Pragmatism
  • Scientific philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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