Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit

Before and Beyond Consciousness

Editors: West, Donna E., Anderson, Myrdene (Eds.)

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  • Discusses how regularity and new regularities operate in the natural world and in mental life
  • Analyzes the dynamics of habit-change in human ontogeny
  • Highlights the role of consciousness and self-control to the processes of cultural change and inferential reasoning
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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. Chapters in 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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“A substantial and important book, one that illuminates not only some of the complex details of Peirce s thought, but also a wide range of issues in pragmatism, semiotics, and philosophical anthropology for which his thinking about habit is shown to be relevant.” (Michael L. Raposa, From the Pluralist, Vol. 14 (2), 2019)

“Thematic consensus that can be drawn from this important work it is that habits are not the result of mechanical-organic processes resulting from repeated actions, but rather involve agency, imagination, and semiosis. … Biologists are increasingly adopting a version of Peirce’s basic perspective of evolution … .” (Marcel Danesi, Biosemiotics, Vol. 11, 2018)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

Table of contents (23 chapters)
  • Preamble—Peircean Habit Explored: Before, During, After; and Beneath, Behind, Beyond

    Pages 1-10

    Anderson, Myrdene

  • On Habit: Peirce’s Story and History

    Pages 13-33

    Gorlée, Dinda L.

  • Habits, Habit Change, and the Habit of Habit Change According to Peirce

    Pages 35-63

    Nöth, Winfried

  • The “Irrealevance” of Habit Formation: Stjernfelt, Hofstadter, and Rocky Paradoxes of Peircean Physiosemiosis

    Pages 65-81

    Coletta, John

  • Habit-Taking, Final Causation, and the Big Bang Theory

    Pages 83-88

    Salthe, Stanley N.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit
Book Subtitle
Before and Beyond Consciousness
Editors
  • Donna E. West
  • Myrdene Anderson
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
31
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45920-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45920-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45918-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83399-6
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 434
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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