Re: "Studies in Logic" and Its Vicissitudes

Irving & All,

Between 1865 and 1870, C.S. Peirce had already begun to set out the rudiments
of an information-theoretic semantics for inquiry, communication, and thought
in general, along with a logic of relatives that is powerful enough to handle
polyadic relations, in particular, the triadic relations that one requires in
the theory of signs and throughout mathematics.

This is the palette of ideas that Peirce found himself forced to develop
to paint a picture of inquiry that could even hope to be “true to life”.
Many of these ideas we would not see again until the late 20th century.

When it comes to the reception of this picture, this style, by judges from
another school, I think we have to sort the aesthetic or affective impacts
from the cognitive or intellectual factors.  Personally, I don't suppose
I will ever have the investigative resources or skills to find out what
really happened in the case of Peirce, but common sense tells me that
handing out his relics like favors at a scalping party must betoken
some form of active, if unconscious hostility.

And if I were to speculate on the springs and catches of that hostility,
I would guess that there is probably a link between fearing the message
and counting coup on the messenger.




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