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Peirce and the Conduct of Life


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Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Peirce's 'paradoxical irradiations' and James's The Will to Believe; 2. A defense of Peirce's sentimental conservatism; 3. Heeding the call of one's savior; 4. On becoming welded into the universal continuum; 5. Self-control and moral responsibility; 6. Peirce and practical ethics; Bibliography.

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An analysis of Pierce's practical philosophy and its interactions with that of William James, for scholars of American philosophy, pragmatism and ethics.

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Richard Atkins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, Massachusetts. He is the author of Puzzled?! An Introduction to Philosophizing (2015) and numerous essays on the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce.


'... it is a review of contemporary Peirce scholarship as scholars argue about the correct interpretation of Peirce's often ambiguous texts.' The Review of Metaphysics
'... this is a valuable and important book that should appeal to a variety of readers, not only Peirce scholars, but readers interested more generally in pragmatism, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.' The New England Quarterly

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