Peirce's Account of Purposefulness : A Kantian Perspective book cover
1st Edition

Peirce's Account of Purposefulness
A Kantian Perspective

ISBN 9781138498891
Published February 12, 2018 by Routledge
234 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $56.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book presents a systematic interpretation of Charles S. Peirce’s work based on a Kantian understanding of his teleological account of thought and inquiry. Departing from readings that contrast Peirce’s treatment of purpose, end, and teleology with his early studies of Kant, Gabriele Gava instead argues that focusing on Peirce’s purposefulness as a necessary regulative (in the Kantian sense) condition for inquiry and semiotic processes allows for a transcendental interpretation of Peirce’s philosophical project. The author advances this interpretation through presenting original views on aspects of Peirce’s thought, including: a detailed analysis of Peirce’s ‘methodeutic’ and ‘speculative rhetoric,’ as well as his ‘critical common-sensism’; a comparison between Peirce’s and James’ pragmatisms in view of the account of purposefulness Gava puts forth; and an examination of the logical relationships that order Peirce’s architectonic classification of the sciences.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Architectonic and the Fundamental Elements of Thought and Sign Processes  2. Methodeutic and Speculative Rhetoric  3. How Are "Synthetical" Judgments Possible?  4. Teleology in Peirce’s Evolutionary Metaphysics  5. Peirce and Transcendental Philosophy  6. Pragmatism and Common Sense  Conclusion

View More



Gabriele Gava is research associate at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


"Gava offers a nuanced and strenuously argued defense for reading Peirce through a transcendental lens. This is an original study that will act as a rallying point for this school of interpreters – and a large target for its rivals." -- Vincent Colapietro, Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, USA