Birth of Philosopher & Pragmatist Charles Peirce Hot

Birth of Philosopher & Pragmatist Charles Peirce

Charles S. Peirce

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Charles S. Peirce, founder of the American school of philosophy known as Pragmatism, is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Educated as a chemist and employed as a scientist for 30 years, it's his contributions to logic and philosophy which will give him a lasting reputation.

Despite his involvement with the earliest development of pragmatism, Charles Sanders Peirce will rename his own work "pragmaticism" because he disagrees with William James and other pragmatic philosophers in certain matters, such as the definition of "truth."

Aside from his involvement with the development of pragmatism, he has also been described as the first American empirical psychologist. Peirce will experiment on color vision difference thresholds. He will also be the first psychologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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