Some Convergences and Divergences in the Realism of Charles Peirce and Ayn Rand

Champagne, Marc
September 2006
Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies Foundat;Fall2006, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
Structured around Charles S. Peirce's three-fold categorical scheme, this articleproposes a comparative study of Ayn Rand and Peirce's realist views in general metaphysics. Rand's stance is seen as diverging with Peirce's argument from asymptotic representation but converging with arguments from brute relation and neutral category. It is argued that, by dismissing traditional subject-object dualisms, Rand and Peirce both propose iconoclastic construals of what it means to be real, dismissals made all the more noteworthy by the fact each chose to ground them in indissoluble triads of self-evident first principles.


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