Issue #22 April 2019

C.S. Peirce on Science and Belief

Human beings are ordered for truth

The fixation of belief



A priori

Scientific method

Science: idioscopy and cenoscopy

Brian Kemple is the author of Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition (Brill: 2017), Introduction to Philosophical Principles (Amazon: 2019), The Intersection of Semiotics and Phenomenology (forthcoming, De Gruyter: 2019). He received his PhD in Philosophy with the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston TX, in 2016, and is the only student ever to complete a dissertation under the direction of John Deely. He currently consults as a Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Digital Life ( and operates a private philosophical consulting and education service, Continuum Philosophical Insight (

Works Cited

Deely, J., 2009, “Semiotics and Academe: At the Heart of the Problem of Knowledge”, in John Deely and Leonard G. Sbrocchi (eds.), Semiotics 2008 (Ottawa: Legas, 2009), 476-493.

Kemple, B., 2017. Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition.

Peirce, C. and Burks, A., 1958. Collected Papers Of Charles Sanders Peirce. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press.

Peirce, C., Houser, N. and Kloesel, C., 1992. The Essential Peirce. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Wojtyla, K., 1976. “The Person: Subject and Community” in Person and Community: Selected Essays




Aristotle c.348/7bbc: Μετά τα Φυσικά, 980a21: “All human beings by nature stretch themselves out toward knowing.”


Aristotle c.349bc: Ἠθικὰ nικοάχεια, 1094a1: “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action as well as choice, is held to aim at some good.”


Karol Wojtyla 1976: “The Person: Subject and Community” in Person and Community: Selected Essays, 234: “Without this transcendence — without going out beyond myself and somehow rising above myself in the direction of truth and in the direction of a good willed and chosen in the light of truth — I as a person, I as a personal subject, in a sense not myself.”


Cf. Brian Kemple 2017: Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition.


Charles Sanders Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief” in The Essential Peirce, vol.1 (EP), 114.


John Deely 2008: “Semiotics and Academe” in Semiotics 2008, 477.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.114.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.115.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.116.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.117.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.118–19.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.120.


Peirce 1877: “The Fixation of Belief”, EP.1.120.


“Idioscopic” and “cenoscopic” indicating by their Greek etymology, respectively, the specialized or particular scope and the common scope.


Cf. Peirce 1903: “An Outline Classification of the Sciences”, EP.2.258–62; “Review of Wilhelm Wundt, Principles of Physiological Psychology” in The Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce (CP), vol.8, §199.


Peirce 1902: “A Detailed Classification of the Sciences”, CP.1.241.


Peirce 1905: “Consequences of Critical Common-Sensism”, CP.5.521.


Deely 2008: “Semiotics and Academe”, 485.


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