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Understanding Knowledge through the Example of C. S. Peirce’s Cosmology (2016)


In the era of Charles Sanders Peirce, cosmology was similar to philosophy that was still aspiring to be scientific. Peirce, having worked as an astrophysicist, supported cosmology’s strive towards science. In cosmology, one often relies on knowledge different from everyday knowledge: such knowledge is very general and is situated on the boundaries of what is known; it is very difficult to ascertain it empirically. After Karl Popper, a realist may distinguish between subjective and objective knowledge but this distinction does not suffice for cosmology. A pragmaticist following Peirce could distinguish knowledge about real ideas, which could be termed i-knowledge. This could mean being made party to or being grasped by real ideas functioning outside ourselves. Expressing all i-knowledge as propositional knowledge is difficult. However, non-propositional i-knowledge can sometimes be expressed as principles or paradoxically.

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Authors & Contributors
Kragh, Helge S.
Chalmers, Alan Francis
Sankey, Howard
Ellis, B.
Smart, J.
Legg, C.
Journal for the History of Astronomy
European Physical Journal H
American Journal of Physics
Science in Context
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Kluwer Academic
Texas A&M University
Carocci Editore
Philosophy of science
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Einstein, Albert
Maxwell, James Clerk
Hubble, Edwin Powell
Planck, Max
Schwarzschild, Karl
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
Early modern
20th century
21st century
United States
Scandinavia; Nordic countries
California (U.S.)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.)

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