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The Republic of ColorScience, Perception, and the Making of Modern America$
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Michael Rossi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226651729

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.001.0001

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From Chemistry to Phanerochemistry

From Chemistry to Phanerochemistry

Charles Sanders Peirce and the Semiotic of Color

(p.55) Chapter Two From Chemistry to Phanerochemistry
The Republic of Color

Michael Rossi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at the color science of Charles Sanders Peirce, a polyglot American scientist, mathematician, and logician who developed the school of philosophy known as Pragmatism. Color science was critical to the development of Pragmatism, and especially to one of Peirce's most powerful inventions – the philosophical tool called "semiotic," or the study of signs. In thinking about the way that color worked in chemistry, in astronomy, and in everyday communication, Peirce formulated a novel and enduring philosophy of language, truth, belief, and the real.

Keywords:   Charles Sanders Peirce, Pragmatism, semiotic, chemistry, astronomy, language, phanerochemistry

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