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Peirce and the Threat of Nominalism
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List of abbreviations; Preface; 1. Nominalism as demonic doctrine; 2. Logic, philosophy and the special sciences; 3. Continuity and the problem of universals; 4. Continuity and meaning: Peirce's pragmatic maxim; 5. Logical foundations of Peirce's pragmatic maxim; 6. Experience and its role in inquiry; 7. Scientific method as self-corrective - Peirce's view of the problem of knowledge; 8. The unity of Peirce's theories of truth; 9. Order from chaos: Peirce's evolutionary cosmology; 10. A universe of chance: foundations of Peirce's indeterminism; 11. From inquiry to ethics: the pursuit of truth as moral ideal.

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Provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of Peirce's thought and analyses his challenge to nominalism as a theory of meaning.

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Paul Forster is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He has published numerous papers and essays and is the co-editor of The Rule of Reason: The Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce (1997).

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'Paul Forster's Peirce and the Threat of Nominalism is a clear and systematic introduction to a complex and sometimes intimidating thinker. It reveals the breadth and depth of Peirce's vision and helps make the case for regarding him as a philosopher of the first rank in the tradition of Euro-American philosophy.' Martin Coleman, Indiana University, Indianapolis
'If you are a contemporary realist in the analytic tradition, please read this book! Such a combination of difference (from accepted philosophical wisdom) and depth is rare, and whether you agree or disagree with the position argued for, it will challenge your thinking in productive ways.' Journal of the History of Philosophy
"...The product is one of the most coherent pictures of Pierce.... Highly Recommended..." --R. Ward, Georgetown College, Choice
"...presents an intriguing way of reading Peirce as a systematic philosopher... Overall, Paul Forster's Peirce and the Threat of Nominalism is a book definitely worth having and will reward a careful reader. It represents both an excellent introduction to Peirce for those new to his thought and a must-read for Peirce enthusiasts and professionals." --Vitaly Kiryushchenko, Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Dialogue: The Canadian Philosophical Review
"...careful and clear, with helpful chapter summaries. It will offer Peirce scholars new insights, as well as being a useful resource for advanced undergraduates.... If you are a contemporary realist in the analytic tradition, please read this book! Such a combination of difference (from accepted philosophical wisdom) and depth is rare, and whether you agree or disagree with the position argued for, it will challenge your thinking in productive ways." --Catherine Legg, University of Waikato, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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