Why Peirce ?
Peirce's philosophy is a philosophy of science,
a fact that should meet with agreement here.
As such, his philosophy to some extent includes
So far, we have been referring to the necessary
(Platonia) and the contingent (actuality). The
necessary is timeless and always true, the
contingent is imperfect. But what is the relationship
between these two worlds ?
The world of contingency down here changes
with time, but Leibniz and Plato have no way
to describe such changes explicitly. With Plato there are no
changes except ontologically, and with Leibniz
the changes are dealt with using a "pre-established
Peirce deals with change through his concept of tychism,
the evolution of all contingent things toward the necessary,
his three categories then becoming
I the possible,
II the actual, and
III the necessary.
Thus the world of contingency is at least ultimately oriented toward Platonia.
Except for life itself, this obviously violates the second law,
so I need to research Peirce a little more. Perhaps this is
is why he proposes that the laws of physics change with time perhaps
to accord with this. Certainly life does improve through evolution.
[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
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