Springer, Dordrecht


434 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-45918-9

Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
vol. 31

Consensus on Peirce's concept of habit

before and beyond consciousness

Edited by

Myrdene Anderson

This book constitutes the first treatment of C. S. Peirce's unique concept of habit. Habit animated the pragmatists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, who picked up the baton from classical scholars, principally Aristotle. Most prominent among the pragmatists thereafter is Charles Sanders Peirce. In our vernacular, habit connotes a pattern of conduct. Nonetheless, Peirce's concept transcends application to mere regularity or to human conduct; it extends into natural and social phenomena, making cohesive inner and outer worlds. Chaptersin this anthology define and amplify Peircean habit; as such, they highlight the dialectic between doubt and belief. Doubt destabilizes habit, leaving open the possibility for new beliefs in the form of habit-change; and without habit-change, the regularity would fall short of habit – conforming to automatic/mechanistic systems. This treatment of habit showcases how, through human agency, innovative regularities of behavior and thought advance the process of making the unconscious conscious. The latter materializes when affordances (invariant habits of physical phenomena) form the basis for modifications in action schemas and modes of reasoning. Further, the book charts how indexical signs in language and action are pivotal in establishing attentional patterns; and how these habits accommodate novel orientations  within event templates. It is intended for those interested in Peirce's metaphysic or semiotic, including both senior scholars and students of philosophy and religion, psychology, sociology and anthropology, as well as mathematics, and the natural sciences.

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Anderson, M. (ed) (2016). Consensus on Peirce's concept of habit: before and beyond consciousness, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Preamble—peircean habit explored

Anderson Myrdene


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On habit

Gorlée Dinda L.


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Is nature habit-forming?

Pickering John


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Habit in semiosis

Atã Pedro; Queiroz João


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Is ethical normativity similar to logical normativity?

Gustafsson Juuso-Ville; Pietarinen Ahti-Veikko J.


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Belief as habit

Aliseda Atocha


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Beyond explication

Bergman Mats


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Dicisigns and habits

Stjernfelt Frederik


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Habits of reasoning

Pietarinen Ahti-Veikko J.; Bellucci Francesco


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Thirdness as the observer observed

Sonesson Göran


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Habits, awareness, and autonomy

Colapietro Vincent


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Culture as habit, habit as culture

Cannizzaro Sara; Anderson Myrdene


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The habit-taking journey of the self

Andacht Fernando


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Of habit and abduction

Magnani Lorenzo


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Habit as a law of mind

Bisanz Elize; Cunningham Scott


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