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Project MUSE - Kinds of Determinants of Semiosis

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Project MUSE - Kinds of Determinants of Semiosis: "I conclude from the examination of an example of semiosis that even though Peirce himself typically talks of two types of causation being involved, usually referred to as “efficient” and “final,” he could have—and for completeness should have—spoken of three types, the third corresponding to the classical conception of “formal” causation. (A Peircean modification of the classical four-cause scheme requires abandonment of the notion of the fourth or “material” cause as that was understood by Aristotle. This fourth factor has no functional counterpart in Peirce’s philosophy because its function in the explanation of natural processes was bound up with the cyclical character of Aristotle’s conception of such processes, which has no appropriately close parallel in Peirce’s philosophy at the level of the generic conception of a sign.) The following is not textual exegesis and no textual basis is cited for it sinc…

Project MUSE - “The Meaning of a Thought is Altogether Something Virtual”: Joseph Ransdell and His Legacy

Project MUSE - “The Meaning of a Thought is Altogether Something Virtual”: Joseph Ransdell and His Legacy: "Joseph Ransdell (1931–2010), who received his Ph.D in philosophy from Columbia University in 1966, where he was advised by Sidney Morgenbesser, and spent most of his career at Texas Tech University, offered an original and focused challenge to academic philosophy at the end of the Second Millennium. His guiding philosophical passion was understanding how communication might best encourage and support truth seeking. This led him to think deeply about the Platonic Socrates and the Socratic Plato, the problematics of early modern philosophy at the birth of the Scientific Revolution, and the nature of signs. Most of all he claimed that the thought of Charles Sanders Peirce held the key to not just endorsing truth as a regulative ideal, but showing how that ideal might be achieved in practice by a community of inquiry exercising critical self-control.

Joe was an instinctive anti-…