The present paper proposes an emergentist reading of Peirce, with special reference to his concept of evolution. Although the author never adopts the word “emergence” in a technical manner, it will be demonstrated that the core problem of emergence lies at the heart of his evolutionary doctrine, generally displayed by the interplay of his three well-known categories of Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness. Indeed, although the Classical pragmatists most quoted in connection to emergentism are Dewey and Mead (and William James to some degree), scholars have recently suggested some emergentist readings of Peirce’s thought (cf. above all Tiercelin 1998, Quieroz & El-Hani 2006, Rose 2016), in particular with regard to semiotic process and cosmogony. Exploring further the path opened by those researches, the present paper aims to clarify the theoretical problem of emergent evolution from a pragmatist perspective and especially to illustrate Peirce’s emergentist standpoint. In order to reach this goal, the article is divided into four parts: after (1) a brief introduction to the contemporary debates on emergence, (2) I give a historical overview of Classical Pragmatism and British Emergentists, (3) with a special focus on the common roots of the British Emergentists and Peirce on evolution. Finally, (4) I offer an emergentist reading of Peirce’s theory of evolution. In particular, I show how his strong emphasis on chance and the “growth” of the universe go together with his arch-stone of synechism (that is his theory of continuity), through what he calls agapasm.
Does continuity allow for emergence? An emergentist reading of Peirce’s evolutionary thought / M.R. Brioschi. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PRAGMATISM AND AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY. - ISSN 2036-4091. - 11:2(2019 Dec), pp. 1-24.
|Titolo:||Does continuity allow for emergence? An emergentist reading of Peirce’s evolutionary thought|
BRIOSCHI, MARIA REGINA (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||emergence; British Emergentism; Peirce; Darwin; evolution; categories; chance|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/01 - Filosofia Teoretica|
Settore M-FIL/02 - Logica e Filosofia della Scienza
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
|Data di pubblicazione:||dic-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/ejpap.1647|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|