Dissertation Abstract



El Conocimiento Como Creencia en el Joven Peirce

(Knowledge as Belief in the Early Peirce)


Josefa Francisca Lopez-Melian


Degree:           PH.D.

Year:             1998

Pages:            00313

Institution:      UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA (SPAIN); 5864


Source:           DAI, 60, no. 02C, (1998): 0232


The thesis is an investigation of Peirce's habit of knowledge, having as a point of view the law of continuity and temporality of the consciousness. These habits of knowledge have in common the themes of logic, phenomenology, and semantics and what Peirce identifies as the leading or guiding  principle, which  I particularly have interpreted as a process of attention.

          Attention is given place to the habits of knowledge. There are no habits of knowledge without attention, nor can we learn something new without paying attention to the new information. Attention is the most selective element from the perception process and refers to the intentionality of consciousness.  The intentions of consciousness produce associations among ideas. At the same time, associations among ideas obey a principle that Peirce in his article "The Law of Mind" from 1892 called the law of continuity, this detailed study referred to consciousness intentionality. My thesis, then, is a defence of the attention process which creates associations among ideas.

          This attention process is the origin of the habit-belief process, according to Peirce. This attention process also concerns imagination and instinct. This is imagination process joined with instinct which Peirce already finds in the modern thought. This knowledge whose origin is found in the attention process which gives place to the habits, is what I call knowledge like belief.

          Due to the fact that knowledge like belief originates with habits, I dedicate the first chapter to mark antecedents of knowledge like belief in modern philosophy, the second chapter to logic related beliefs, the third chapter to habit in the beliefs of phenomenology, the fourth chapter to habit in sign theory, and the last chapter to the investigator’s communitarian regulatIve principle, the ideal or postulate of knowledge like belief which the mature Peirce noted in his writings.



Language:         Spanish


Descriptor:       PHILOSOPHY

Accession No:     AAGC704950

Provider:        OCLC

Database:         Dissertations