• 1. Tradition: First Steps Toward a Pragmaticistic Clarification
    In Richard Hart & Douglas R. Anderson (eds.), Philosophy in Experience: American Philosophy in Transition, Fordham University Press. pp. 13-46. 1997.
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    Toward a More Adequate Understanding of Adaequatio
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 35 (2): 147-164. 2021.
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    No âmago deste artigo há uma comparação entre a investigação sobre o entendimento de Peirce o relato de interpretação de Royce. Estrutura-se por uma consideração do desentendimento de si e, ligada a esta discussão do desentendimento de si, uma consideração sobre o próprio entendimento. Para Peirce, em razão de sua abordagem da investigação e Royce em sua meta-interpretação alguma forma de entendimento está em jogo. Por exemplo, a tarefa do investigador científico é inacabada se ela para na desco…Read more
  • A materialidade, ou o que alguns teóricos preferem identificar como materiais, vem sendo cada vez mais assunto de discussão e investigação. Embora esses autores sejam muito cuidadosos em especificar o que querem dizer com tais termos, o assunto exige maior esclarecimento do que recebera até agora. Isso faz com que seja um candidato ideal para o tríplice-escalonado esclarecimento proposto por C. S. Peirce em “Como tornar nossas ideias claras” e que daí em diante foi utilizado por ele para, diante…Read more
  • Peirce como leitor & leitura como devaneio
    Cognitio 19 (1): 56-76. 2018.
    Investigadores científicos no sentido moderno, aqueles pensadores com os quais C.S. Peirce identificava-se mais profundamente, “têm sido bem-sucedidos pois eles passaram suas vidas não em suas bibliotecas ou museus, mas em seus laboratórios e no campo”. De fato, Peirce gastou incontáveis horas envolvido em uma atividade na qual ele parece menosprezar nesta e em outras passagens. Aliás, ele parece ter interpretado incorretamente sua vida como leitor. O autor oferece um retrato de Peirce como leit…Read more
  • Meu propósito abrangente é oferecer um esboço pragmatista da racionalidade deliberativa derivada dos textos coligidos no volumoso conjunto de C. S. Peirce. Embora em alguns casos, as formulações sejam minhas, e não de Peirce. Porém, isso não torna meu esforço um caso de ventriloquismo : a posição em relação à racionalidade é dele, e não minha. Minha tese é que, para Peirce, a razão é no fundo, um conjunto mais ou menos integrado de hábitos, possibilitando aos agentes serem deliberativos. Ou seja…Read more
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    This volume grew out of a conference held in 2016 at the Claremont School of Theology, while the conference itself grew out of "innovative conversations between philosophers, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi, and process philosophers, Roland Faber and Michael Halewood". Its title in effect conjoins a Whiteheadian conception of propositions and a Jamesian understanding of "things.". As such, a proposition is set forth on behalf of "a collectivity...
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    What, After All, Is the Work of Culture?
    Metaphilosophy 52 (1): 27-48. 2021.
    Metaphilosophy, EarlyView.
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    Toward a Pragmatic Conception of Practical Identity
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (2): 173-205. 2006.
    The author of this paper explores a central strand in the complex relationship between Peirce and Kant. He argues, against Kant, that the practical identity of the self-critical agent who undertakes a Critic of reason needs to be conceived in substantive, not purely formal, terms. Thus, insofar as there is a reflexive turn in Peirce, it is quite far from the transcendental turn taken by Immanuel Kant. The identity of the being devoted to redefining the bounds of reason is not that of a disembodi…Read more
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    Contingency, Historicity, and Integrity
    Metaphilosophy 51 (5): 646-656. 2020.
    Metaphilosophy, EarlyView.
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    The Music of Meaning
    American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1): 11-45. 2020.
    This paper begins as a methodological musement inspired by a suggestion made by C. S. Peirce to William James. It takes his intellectual life as a complex affair displaying a creative tension between what, on the surface, appear to be exclusive impulses. On the one hand, there is the drive to attain the highest level of conceptual clarity humanly possible. This is of course evident in his pragmatism. On the other, there is his seeming dalliance with concepts so vague as to be possibly not concep…Read more
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    Gestures of Acknowledgment
    American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1): 77-94. 2020.
    Gestures are arguably the most pervasive, primordial, and generative of signs. This partly explains why the failure or refusal to gesture in certain ways, in certain circumstances, carries more weight than would seem otherwise comprehensible. Stanley Cavell attends to not only the importance of acknowledgment but also how our failures to acknowledge others amount to nothing less than an “annihilation of the other”. What account of gestures would begin to do justice to the power of such failures …Read more
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    Theoretical Riffs on the Blues
    American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1): 47-76. 2020.
    After disambiguating the word, the author explores the blues primarily not as a genre of music but as a sensibility or orientation toward the world. In doing so, he is taking seriously suggestions made by a host of writers, most notably, Ralph Waldo Ellison, Amiri Baraka, James Baldwin, and Cornel West. As such, the focus is on the blues as an extended family of somatic practices bearing upon expression. At the center of these practices, there is in the blues always the patient yet exuberant wor…Read more
  • Qualitative Immediacy and Mediating Qualities
    Semiotics 173-186. forthcoming.
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    Peirce as a Writer
    Philosophy and Literature 43 (2): 384-410. 2019.
    C. S. Peirce’s writings are instructive in a number of ways, not least of all for how they, in part despite themselves, assist us in conceiving what he was so strongly disposed to disparage, literary discourse. He possessed greater linguistic facility and deeper literary sensibility than he appreciated, though a militantly polemical identity helped to insure he left this facility undeveloped and this sensibility unacknowledged.2 For this and other reasons, a study of Peirce as a writer is worthw…Read more
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    Toward a pragmatic conception of practical identity
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (2): 173-205. 2006.
    : The author of this paper explores a central strand in the complex relationship between Peirce and Kant. He argues, against Kant (especially as reconstructed by Christine Korsgaard), that the practical identity of the self-critical agent who undertakes a Critic of reason (as Peirce insisted upon translating this expression) needs to be conceived in substantive, not purely formal, terms. Thus, insofar as there is a reflexive turn in Peirce, it is quite far from the transcendental turn taken by I…Read more
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    Emersonian Moods, Peircean Sentiments, and Ellingtonian Tones
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33 (2): 178. 2019.
    Philosophers have hardly ignored the emotions or, more generally, the affective dimensions of human life.1 Even the most rationalistic of them, such as René Descartes, Benedict Spinoza, and Immanuel Kant, have paid systematic, detailed attention to human emotions. Even so, there is a tendency on the part of even empirically inclined theorists to view emotions as threats to rationality. In a book subtitled The Intelligence of Emotions, Martha Nussbaum takes her title from an abbreviation of Marce…Read more
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    Actuality and Intelligibility
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 10 (2). 2018.
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    The Actuality of Philosophy Thought Over Once Again
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1): 3. 2018.
    While the title of this article in part echoes that of Theodor Adorno's inaugural address at the University of Frankfurt in 1931, the article itself carries more echoes of G. W. F. Hegel than of a thinker who was one of his most able critics and penetrating expositors. In the end, however, my position is closer to that of Adorno and, indeed, William James and John Dewey than Hegel: "If, with the disintegration of all security within great philosophy, experiment makes its entry … that does not ap…Read more
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    Time as Experience/Experience as Temporality
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 5 (1). 2013.
  • Peirce's Approach to the Self: A Semiotic Perspective on Human Subjectivity
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 25 (4): 549-557. 1989.
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    This essay examines in detail the triangulated conversation Naoko Saito constructs, in The Gleam of Light, among the voices of R. W. Emerson, John Dewey and Stanley Cavell. The pivot around which everything turns is the Emersonian ideal of moral perfectionism and, in particular, the implications of this ideal for the philosophy of education. As explicated by Cavell, this ideal concerns ‘the dimension of moral thought directed less to restraining the bad than to releasing the good’. For the consc…Read more
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    William James’s Pragmatic Commitment To Absolute Truth
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (2): 189-200. 1986.
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    Love and Death—and Other Somatic Transactions
    Hypatia 17 (4): 163-172. 2002.
    This paper both elaborates and interrogates the transactional model of human experience at the center of Shannon W. Sullivan's Living Across and Through Skins. In particular, it highlights the need to supplement her account with a psychoanalytic reading of our gendered subjectivities. Moreover, it stresses the necessity to focus on such humanly important-and irreducibly somatic-phenomena as grief and eros.
  • Peirce's Semiotic Approach to Mind
    Dissertation, Marquette University. 1983.
    The purpose of this study is to determine whether there is any unified theory of mental phenomena in the writings of Charles Sanders Peirce . Our thesis is that we find in Peirce's semiotic approach to human consciousness a remarkably unified perspective. ;In order to understand Peirce's reflections on the nature of mind, it is necessary first to situate them in the larger context of his philosophical system. Thus, in the first chapter, we present an overview of his system of thought. In the sec…Read more