A Philosophical Commentary on C. S. Peirce's 'On a New List of Categories': Exhibiting Logical Structure and Abiding Relevance

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Author:
Ishida, Masato
Graduate Program:
Philosophy
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
May 04, 2009
Committee Members:
  • Vincent M Colapietro, Dissertation Advisor
  • Vincent M Colapietro, Committee Chair
  • Dennis Schmidt, Committee Member
  • Christopher P Long, Committee Member
  • Stephen George Simpson, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • Kant
  • categories
  • New List
  • Peirce
Abstract:
This dissertation focuses on C. S. Peirce's relatively early paper ``On a New List of Categories'(1867). The entire dissertation is devoted to an extensive and in-depth analysis of this single paper in the form of commentary. All fifteen sections of the New List are examined. Rather than considering the textual genesis of the New List, or situating the work narrowly in the early philosophy of Peirce, as previous scholarship has done, this work pursues the genuine philosophical content of the New List, while paying attention to the later philosophy of Peirce as well. Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is also taken into serious account, to which Peirce contrasted his new theory of categories.