"... a first-rate edition, which supersedes all other portable Peirces.... all the Peirce most people will ever need." Louis Menand, The New York Review of Books
"The Monist essays are included in the first volume of the compact and welcome Essential Peirce; they are by Peirce's standards quite accessible and splendid in their cosmic scope and assertiveness." London Review of Books
A convenient two-volume reader's edition makes accessible to students and scholars the most important philosophical papers of the brilliant American thinker Charles Sanders Peirce. This first volume presents twenty-five key texts from the first quarter century of his writing, with a clear introduction and informative headnotes. Volume 2 will highlight the development of Peirce's system of signs and his mature pragmatism.
Often considered the greatest American philosopher, Peirce produced no comprehensive treatise; until now, students and scholars had to read through widely scattered papers to gain an overall view of his thought. This anthology remedies that situation by offering a full representation of his work, including several hard-to-obtain items. The editors have arranged the material chronologically, so that the development of Peirce's ideas can be traced. Essays discuss such topics as the philosopher's new system of categories, pragmatism, signs, scientific progress, and evolutionary cosmology. The excellent introduction stresses Peirce's growing adherence to realism and his doctrine of signs. This volume ends in 1893; a second will cover the period from 1894 to his death in 1914. It is highly recommended for scholarly collections.-- David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio