Indexical scaffolds to habit-formation
This inquiry advances the claim that Indexes in Secondness constitute the earliest and firmest foundation for the establishment of habit, undergirded by habit-change and logical interpretants. Convincing evidence for the primacy of Index as an implicit source to determine regularities in lived experience and in objective logic is proffered. The case is made that Indexical regularities form directional templates early in development which prime the semiosis of more objective logic-based regularities (played out in revisions of logical interpretants). While a predisposition may preempt salience of indexical templates (gaze trajectories, motion and force toward objects), more complex indexical regularities (perspective-taking), and focus with the mind's-eye on potentialities (virtual habit) constitute acquired, more consciousness-based habits. Ultimately, Peirce's use of habit transcends conformity to compulsory participation in events—occasional non-conformity to a pattern is essential to what he means by "habituescence," or, the conscious awareness of taking a habit (c. 1913: MS 930).
(2016)., Indexical scaffolds to habit-formation, in M. Anderson (ed.), Consensus on Peirce's concept of habit, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 215-240.
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