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SLIS Colloquium: Friday, March 1, 2002: Peirce's Conception of Science (A Model for the Critical Edition of His Writings)

Charles Peirce
Graduate students and faculty are cordially invited to attend the SLIS Colloquium Series. Professor of Philosophy and General Editor of the Peirce Edition Project, Nathan Houser, will discuss the contribution that the philosopher Charles Peirce has made to our understandings of science and the work of the Peirce Edition Project.

Title: Peirce's Conception of Science (A Model for the Critical Edition of His Writings)
Date: Friday, March 1, 2002
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Place: LI001 (IU Library, room next to 10th Street entrance and across from SLIS Library)

Talk preceded by an informal gathering with cookies, tea, and coffee, available at 2:15pm


After beginning with some biographical remarks about Charles S. Peirce, I will give a general account of the Peirce Edition Project and its activities. Then I will sketch Peirce's conception of science and indicate how his views have helped shape our current understanding. As my title suggests, I will attempt to use Peirce's conception of science as a loose model for our editorial operation in Indianapolis. Both science, according to Peirce, and critical editing are committed to the view that there is an underlying reality that can direct our practice. But this Peircean realism is a mitigated one.


Professor Nathan Houser is a member of the Department of Philosophy at IUPUI and has been involved with the Peirce Edition Project since the early 1980s. He has written extensively on Charles Peirce's critical role in American philosophy and his contribution to logic and semiotics. Professor Houser has been responsible for eight editions (with volumes nine, ten, and eleven in progress) of Peirce's critical writings.

Posted February 26, 2002