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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2015, Issue 207


Questions toward a Peircean phenomenological description of association

Bent Sørensen / Torkild Thellefsen
Published Online: 2015-07-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0062


According to the philosopher and scientist Charles Peirce (1839–1914) phenomenology is fundamental to all scientific inquiry and association is the only force that exists within the intellect. However, Peirce only gave his reader a hint about the relationship between phenomenology and association. In this article we will try to follow that hint and point towards a couple of main questions that can guide a Peircean phenomenological description of association. Hence, the conclusion of the article will not be a phenomenological description of association but rather a couple of main questions trying to determine how such a phenomenological description can begin in the first place. Our hypothesis is that the questions depend for their construction on the inter-relatedness and interdependence of certain central Peircean phenomenological concepts – especially, Thirdness, Secondness, and Firstness.

Keywords: association; phenomenology; C. S. Peirce


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Published Online: 2015-07-15

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 207, Pages 529–538, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0062.

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