The Legitimacy of Metaphysics: Kant's Legacy to Peirce, and Peirce's to Philosophy Today
Polish Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 1, pp. 29-43, 2007
16 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 20, 2011
Part of Kant's legacy to Peirce was a lasting conviction that metaphysics can and should be set "on the secure path of a science." However, Peirce's understanding of "scientific metaphysics," unlike Kant's, uses the method of science, i.e., of experience and reasoning; but requires close attention to experience of the most familiar kind rather that recherché experience needed by the special sciences. This distinctively plausible reconstruction of what a genuinely scientific metaphysics would be is part of Peirce's legacy to philosophy today, enabling us to steer clear both of apriorism and scientism - the Scylla and Charybdis of recent metaphysics.
Keywords: Kant, Hume, Peirce, metaphysics, pragmatism,potivism, analytic/synthetic, phenomenology, categories, Synechism, agapism, objective idealism
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