Re: Irving H. Anellis, et al. At: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.philosophy.peirce/8116

Peircers, Looking back from this moment, I think I see things a little differently. The critical question is whether our theoretical description of inquiry gives us a picture that is true to life, preserving the life of inquiry and serving to guide it on its way, or whether it "murders to dissect", leaving us with nothing but a Humpty Dumpty hodge-podge of false idols and torn and twisted bits of maps that mislead the quest at every turn. There is a natural semantics that informs mathematical inquiry. It permeates the actual practice even of those who declare for some variety of nominal faith in their idle off-hours. Peirce is unique in his ability to articulate the full dimensionality of mathematical meaning, but echoes of his soundings keep this core sense reverberating, however muted, throughout pragmatism. If I sift the traditions of theoretical reflection on mathematics according to how well their theoretical images manage to preserve this natural stance on mathematical meaning, I would tend to sort Frege more in a class with Boole, De Morgan, Peirce, and SchrÃ¶der, since I have the sense when I read them that they are all talking like mathematicians, not like people who are alien to mathematics. Regards, Jon -- academia: http://independent.academia.edu/JonAwbrey inquiry list: http://stderr.org/pipermail/inquiry/ mwb: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Directory:Jon_Awbrey oeiswiki: http://www.oeis.org/wiki/User:Jon_Awbrey word press blog 1: http://jonawbrey.wordpress.com/ word press blog 2: http://inquiryintoinquiry.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to the PEIRCE-L listserv. To remove yourself from this list, send a message to lists...@listserv.iupui.edu with the line "SIGNOFF PEIRCE-L" in the body of the message. To post a message to the list, send it to PEIRCE-L@LISTSERV.IUPUI.EDU