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Research


“In order to study any philosophy with due profit it is necessary to understand it; and, in order to understand it, it is necessary to begin by placing one’s self in the state of mind of the author at the beginning of his speculations and follow out the course of his thoughts.”

Charles S. Peirce, The Nation 75.1932, 36–37, CN 3.78, 1902

In nearly forty years of existence, the Peirce Project has accumulated important resources in American philosophy and culture, including nationally significant collections of correspondence and papers by Max Fisch, Charles Morris, Carolyn Eisele, Arthur Burks; a substantial library on American thought that consolidates several collections, including those that belonged to Fisch, Eisele, Morris, Paul Weiss, Peter Hare, Irving Anellis, and other Peirce scholars; and a vast quantity of material directly relating to the life of Charles S. Peirce. To these collections we have recently added a new major archive, received in July 2015: the papers and library of the late Gérard Deledalle, the French historian of philosophy who introduced both John Dewey (as a full-blown philosopher) and Charles S. Peirce to France, the European continent, and the African continent. The Deledalle papers cast a rich light on the reception of American philosophy, including Peirce’s pragmatism and Peirce’s semiotics, in France and other countries throughout the twentieth century. See the Resources tab for a more detailed description of our holdings.

This combination of resources and scholarly potential has long served as a magnet for scholars and students who are working on Peirce or in areas related to his interests (a broad range of areas including American thought in general as well as semiotics, history and philosophy of science, history and philosophy of logic and mathematics, pragmatism, and more).



Click on the image to read Dr. Marco Annoni’s 2011 testimony about his experience as a visiting international researcher at the Peirce Project.

The Peirce Project has been noted as an important center in several journals and books, in print or online, and its helpfulness has been recognized in a multitude of thankful acknowledgements in hundreds of papers, books, and dissertations. About 250 scholars from twenty-seven countries have visited the Peirce Project since 1993: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (including Québec), China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Uruguay. About fifty graduate students known to have worked on or completed Ph.D. dissertations on Peirce over the last three decades have conducted research at the Peirce Project. We have hosted six Fulbright fellows as well for extended stays.

Please consult the menus on the left side to learn more about the Peirce Project as a research center renowned for the generous welcome it has extended and continues to extend to scholars, young or established, who burn with the kind of “desire to learn” that Peirce believed to be “the first and, in one sense the sole, rule of reason” (EP2: 48). Researchers who visit the Project are encouraged to present the results of their inquiry (whether preliminary or advanced) within the special venue known as the Indianapolis Peirce Seminar—a venue where many prodding questions have been asked, and sometimes truly well answered.

“It is easy enough to mention a question the answer to which is not known to me today. But to aver that that answer will not be known tomorrow is somewhat risky; for oftentimes it is precisely the least expected truth which is turned up under the ploughshare of research.”

Charles S. Peirce, R 825, EP2: 49, 1898

Conducting Research at the Peirce Project


“Although it is better to be methodical in our investigations, and to consider the Economics of Research, yet there is no positive sin against logic in trying any theory which may come into our heads, so long as it is adopted in such a sense as to permit the investigation to go on unimpeded and undiscouraged."

Charles S. Peirce, R 825, EP2: 48, 1898

The Peirce Project is truly a fantastic place to conduct research. Here you will find expertise and resources that will help you answer more readily all sorts of questions regarding every aspect of Peirce’s writings, and of such other leading scholars are Charles W. Morris, Max H. Fisch, Carolyn Eisele, and Gérard Deledalle. All inquirers need to realize the inescapable fact that time flies faster than light when one’s brain gets deeply engrossed in the reading of a manuscript. It is a physical reality that days in our center are shorter than in the outside world. Hence, when planning a visit, and especially seeking funding for it, it is always better to make it as long as can be afforded.

  1. Incidental visits

    The Project welcomes incidental visitors who happen to come through the city, on the simple condition of sending us an email announcing your planned short visit, explaining its purpose, and inquiring about the appropriate time to drop by if there is no inconvenience or calendar conflict.

  2. Research visits

    Neither the Peirce Project nor the Institute for American Thought can provide any sort of funding or financial assistance to researchers. We are neither budgeted nor endowed to provide such support. All visiting researchers must therefore make sure to have the financial means to travel to and stay in Indianapolis. Our administrative assistants are ready to provide advice about accommodations in the city or on campus.

As far as coming to the Project in order to use our resources and conduct extensive research, we make a distinction between short-term and long-term research visits.

  1. Short-term visits

    Short-term visits last no more than six weeks. The expectation is that short-term researchers have a clear, definite, and well-targeted research plan. You have a pretty good idea of what documents you want to examine, and have drawn some sort of realistic timetable that will allow you to complete the research within the time you allotted it. Short-term visitors need only send an email to the Project Director briefly introducing yourselves, describing the research purpose, stating the length of your stay and the proposed time of arrival. The Director will consider your request, indicate whether the Center is a good fit for the proposed research, and confirm whether the proposed dates are acceptable (based on calendar and available space).

  2. Long-term visits

    Long-term visitors (more than six weeks) write instead directly to Professor Marianne Wokeck, the Director of the Institute for American Thought of which the Peirce Project is a unit. Your email should include the following information:

    1. The text of the email should act as a cover letter in which you introduce yourself, outline briefly your research plan, indicate to what extent our resources would be useful for the fulfillment of your research goals, what would be the timeframe of your stay (this is important because we have a number of visitors and need to make sure we have sufficient space), and what funding source will be covering your expenses. If you are applying for a grant, indicate the institution you are applying to and whether you would need a letter of invitation to support that application.

    2. Please attach a complete curriculum vitae.

    3. Please attach a detailed research project delineating the interesting topic you mention, emphasizing the Peirce-related side of your research, with a tentative outline and a timeline spread over the duration of your stay. This will allow us to confirm whether our resources will be a good fit for your scholarly needs.

    4. Please also provide a letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with your academic accomplishments. That letter can be emailed directly to Prof. Wokeck by the recommender, but you can also attach it to your email.

    5. Please cc that email to the Project Director as well, noting that he will study your materials before making a recommendation to the IAT Director. If all goes well, we will send you an email of acceptance with a description of our expectations and of further administrative steps (if you need a visa, for instance).

    6. International researchers, please visit the website of IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs to learn more about living in Indianapolis, visas, health insurance, banking, administrative matters, and much else. That very competent and congenial Office happens to be located in the same building as the Peirce Project, on the second floor.

“As modifying what is already known, the average effect of the ordinary research may be said to be insignificant. Nevertheless, as these modifications are not fortuitous but are for the most part movements toward the truth, there is no doubt that from decade to decade, even without any splendid discoveries or great studies, science would advance very perceptibly.”

Charles S. Peirce, R 1288, CP 1.108, 1898

Long-Term Researchers (2015–16)


ZHANG Liuhua (China)

Dr. Liuhua Zhang is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern China Normal University in Shanghai. He has long conceived himself as a Chinese Peircean, and indeed he wrote his MA thesis on “Peirce’s Philosophy of Logical Notation,” and his PhD dissertation on “The Logic-Facet of Peirce’s Philosophical System.” He has been in active contact with a number of Peirce scholars since 2002.

He published two essays on “Understanding the Great Founders of Notorious Pragmatism” and “The First Pragmatist and His Tragic Life” in influential academic weeklies in China, a review of Cornelis de Waal’s book On Peirce, an article “On the Phenomena of Reasoning” in Charles S. Peirce in His Own Words. He also published in 2012 a revision of his dissertation: The Logic-Facet of Peirce’s Philosophical System: Focusing on His Work in Mathematics, Semiotics, and Pragmatism (Shanghai People’s Publishing House). That impressive work provides an extended presentation of many key concepts and theories central to Peirce’s thought. A member of the International Advisory Board of the Peirce Society, he recently received an Honorable Mention for the paper “A Plea for a Peircean Turn in Justifying Logic” submitted to the 2014-15 Peirce Society Essay Contest.

Liuhua Zhang
Liuhua Zhang

The recipient of a Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship, Dr. Zhang arrived at the Peirce Project in the middle of March 2015. His research stay will last one full year, and will be facilitated by his appointment as “International Scholar and Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for American Thought” received from the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. He will spend it conducting an extensive examination of the details of Peirce’s comprehensive theory of reasoning, with the idea of enlarging that study to other pragmatists later on. Beginning such an ambitious research with Peirce was evidently the logical thing to do.


ZHANG Lianglin (China)

Dr. Lianglin Zhang is Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Foreign Languages, Changshu Institute of Technology, Changshu City (Jiangsu). The recipient of several academic awards, he is a research fellow at the Semiotic Centre of Tianjing Foreign Studies, and executive director of the Chinese Language and Semiotic Association. Professor Zhang published one book on Search for the Meaning-producing Mechanism of Linguistic Signs (Suzhou University Press, 2008) and two dozen articles notably on semiotics, Morris, Carnap, Mead, structuralist literary criticism, information communication, metaphor, arbitrariness, iconicity, and linguistic signs.

Lianglin Zhang arrived at the Project at the end of May 2015 for a one-year stay, and has been appointed “International Scholar and Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for American Thought” by the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. His major focus bears on the semiotic ideas of Charles S. Peirce and Charles W. Morris.

He will conduct a comparative analysis, working out in detail what Morris took from Peirce’s semiotic theory, what he modified, and how he innovated. He will especially examine the extent to which Morris’s syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics owe legitimately anything to Peirce. He also intends to research theoretical connections between Morris and Charles Kay Ogden, I. A. Richards, Rudolf Carnap, and George Herbert Mead.

Lianglin Zhang
Lianglin Zhang

If there is any time left, he will also gauge the influence Morris had over later semioticians, including Thomas A. Sebeok, what advantages Morris’s semiotics might have over the Saussurean tradition, and what it could bring to linguistic and literary studies.

Past visitors


“We individually cannot reasonably hope to attain the ultimate philosophy which we pursue; we can only seek it, therefore, for the community of philosophers.”

Charles S. Peirce, W2: 212, 1868

Researchers who have stayed, studied, or shared knowledge at PEP since 1985

The alphabetical list of nearly 250 names below is not exhaustive, being based on imperfect guestbook records. Some names are omitted: those that are not legible, and those of non-researchers. A large number of visitors have returned several times across the years, and/or within a same year, to avail themselves of our abundant resources. Professor Charles Seibert—may he be here saluted—has been our most frequent visitor by far. The lengths of visits range from one day to a few days, a week, several weeks, several months, a year, and even two years.

We are grateful to all scholars who have brought us the joy of their presence, shared with us the thrill of their own research, and made us the beneficiaries of their pertinent conclusions. It is a rewarding privilege for us to welcome all of you. We retain very fond memories of your stays, short or long, among us. Your visits confirm and validate the significance, usefulness, and richness of our resources. They also keep reenergizing us, for visitors are a permanent reminder of how much the work we are doing, the labor and daily grind, is worth all the effort we put into it. Many doctoral dissertations, and a few MA theses, were born or furthered in the Peirce Project. Quite a few books, whether of innovative scholarship or of translation, got decisively improved or received a definite impulse toward completion in our premisses.

Please keep in touch with us, let us know how you are doing, and do encourage others to follow the same path that took you to Indianapolis.


List of Visitors 1985-present


Steve Alter Michigan, 1992


Fernando Andacht Uruguay, 1992


Douglas Anderson Ohio, 1990


Myrdene Anderson Indiana, 2009


Irving Anellis Iowa, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2005


Marco Annoni Italy, 2007, 2008


David & Jenny Armstrong Australia, 1992


Harolda Arruda Jr.Brazil, 2007


Sachio Asawa Japan, 1987


Ciano Aydin & Sebrem Asenkuttu The Netherlands, 2004


Shigeyuki AtarashiJapan, 2014


Richard Kenneth AtkinsNew York, 2010


Josiah Lee AuspitzMassachusetts, 1994, 2012

Maria de Lourdes BachaBrazil, 2001, 2004


Kavin BachmannSwitzerland, 1994


Victor R. BakerArizona, 1997, 2004, 2009, 2014


John BarlowRhode Island, 2006, 2012


Sara BarrenaSpain, 2009


Valentine A. BazhanovUSSR, 1990


Lisa Block de BeharUruguay, 1992


Max BenseGermany, 1988


Mats BergmanFinland, 2006, 2008


Sheldon BernsteinWashington DC, 1992


Richard S. and Claire BethWashington DC, 2014


Annette BeuthGermany, 1998


Richard BeylerMassachhusetts, 1996


Francesca BordognaIllinois, 2008


Priscila BorgesBrazil, 2008, 2009, 2013


Lucia Santaella BragaBrazil, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994


Joseph BrentWashington DC, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006


Jarrett BrockCalifornia, 1989


Alice & Arthur W. BurksMichigan, 1999

Thomas C. CadwalladerIndiana, 1990


Howard CallawayGermany, 1999, 2005


Bernardo CantensFlorida, 2005


Hélio Rebello CardosoBrazil, 2008


Eric ChaputQuébec, 2005


Vincent ColapietroPennsylvania, 1998, 2014


Bruce ColeNEH Washington DC, 2004


Gary A. CookWisconsin, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001


Perry Crawford Jr.New York, 2000


Naomi CummingAustralia, 1998

Ubiratan D’AmbrosioBrazil, 1997


Marcel DanesiCanada, 1998


Joseph DaubenNew York, 2004


H. William DavenportIllinois, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011


Tom DechandMaryland, 2011


John & Brooke DeelyTexas, 2004; John Deely, 2014


Mercedes DefournyFrance, 2000


Myriame DeledalleFrance, 2006


Harry S. DelugachAlabama, 1994


André De TienneBelgium, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992


Hermann DeuserGermany, 1989, 1991, 1992


Chris DeuserGermany, 1991


John L. DixonLondon, 1992


Webb DordickMassachusetts, 1999


Jeff DownardArizona, 2012


Jerry DozoretzColorado, 2007

Umberto EcoItaly, 1989, 1994


Carolyn EiseleNew York, 1989, 1990

Rossella Fabbrichesi-LeoItaly, 1985, 1992


Priscila FariasBrazil, 1999


Benoît FavreaultQuébec, 2001


Drude von der FehrNorway, 1992


Miguel FernandezSpain, 2012


William Fisch & Kitty RobinsonMissouri, 2011


Iris Smith FischerKansas, 2009, 2011


Joan Fontrodona FelipSpain, 1998


Paul ForsterCanada, 1999


Anne FreadmanAustralia, 1995


Itala Clay de O. FreitasBrazil, 1994

Martha Carrer Cruz GabrielBrazil, 2001


Elliott GainesOhio, 2000


Bob GambleWashington DC, 1992


Zachary GartenbergMaryland, 2011


Carlos Andrès GarzònColombia, 2009


Christian GeismayrAustria, 1994


Mathias GirelFrance, 2001


Tom GollierNevada, 2004


Dinda L. GorléeNorway, 1988, 1991


Ivor Grattan-GuinnessEngland, 1991, 1996, 2003, 2008


Guinevere GriestWashington DC, 1991


Albert Kirby GriffinGeorgia, 1991


Nicholas GriffinCanada, 2000


Bart & Emmy van der GrintenNigeria, 2000


Nicholas GuardianoIllinois, 2014


Marc GuastavinoQuébec, 2001


Ana Maria Guimarães JorgeBrazil, 2009

Susan HaackFlorida, 2010


Peter H. HareNew York, 1998, 2005


Carl HausmanPennsylvania, 1988, 2000; Kentucky, 2003, 2004, 2006


Jérôme HavenelIllinois, 2005


Elena HellmannGermany, 2007


Wolfram von HeynitzGermany, 1991


Larry HickmanIllinois, 1999


Jaakko HintikkaBoston Massachusetts, 1997


Bob HirstCalifornia, 1999


Johannes HoeltzGermany, 1995, 2000


Michael HoffmannGermany, 1997; Georgia, 2005


Antonius HoltmannGermany, 2005


Christopher HookwayUK, 2000


James HoopesMassachusetts, 1989, 2006


Menno HulswitThe Netherlands, 1994


Pierre-Yves HunzikerSwitzerland, 1994

Ivo Assad IbriBrazil, 2004, 2005


Hiroaki InoueJapan, 2014

Tony and Yannick JappyFrance, 1991


Julio C. JehaBrazil, 1990


Hans JoasGermany, 1994


Jörgen Dines JohansenDenmark, 1989


Keld Gall JörgensenDenmark, 1996

Tomis KapitanNorth Carolina, 1988


Jeff KasserMichigan, 1995


Beverley KentCanada, 1996, 1998


Daniel KerstingGermany, 2010


Vitaly KiryushchenkoRussia, 2005, 2006


Eiichi KiyookaJapan, 1988


Alexander KleinIndiana, 2000; New York, 2005


Tadashi KondoJapan, 1987, 1988


Tadeusz KowzanFrance, 1987


Felicia KruseOhio, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005

David LachanceQuébec, 2004


François LatraverseQuébec, 2001, 2008


Andrew LavelleNew Mexico, 2006


Yunhee LeeSouth Korea, 2011


Cathy LeggNew Zealand, 2010, 2012


Mathias LehmannNew York, 2004


Justus LentschGermany, 2001, 2004


Maria LiatsiGermany, 2004


Gesche LindeGermany, 1995


James LiszkaAlaska, 1991, 2005


Maria LuisiItaly, 2004, 2007

Giovanni MaddalenaItaly, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012


Marcelo Silvano Madeira 2014, 2015


Gianmatteo MameliItaly, 1995


Calina MareRomania, 1994


Susanna MariettiItaly, 2000


Ana MarosticaArgentina, 1994


David MarshallMaryland, 2003, 2011


Edwin MartinIllinois, 2000


Francesco MauroItaly, 2007


Emily and Andy MaverickCalifornia, 2011


Michael P. MaxwellMassachusetts, 1994


Rosa MayorgaFlorida, 2012


Dennis McCannChicago IL, 1994


William McCurdyIdaho, 2014


John & Patricia McDermottTexas, 1996


Marcelo MendoncaBrazil, 1992


Floyd MerrellIndiana, 1988, 2004


Bob MeyerAustralia, 2004


Thaddeus MillerThe Netherlands, 1994


Richard W. MillerMissouri, 1994


David MillsOhio, 1997


Jacqueline MitauyBrazil, 2002


Ivan MladenovBulgaria, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2009, 2010


Luiz Sergio ModestoBrazil, 1997


Matthew MooreIllinois, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014


Terry & Shirley MooreTennessee, 2006


Marta MorgadeSpain, 2010


Sharon MorrisUK, 2004


Ralf MüllerNew York, 1998, 1999, 2000


Tatsuya MuranakaJapan, 2010, 2011

Eduardo NeiveBrazil, 1990


Mariana NetRomania, 1992


Douglas NiñoColombia, 2004


Thomas NollGermany, 1994


Jesse NormanUK, 1998


Jaime NubiolaSpain, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2014

David O’HaraIllinois, 2007, 2008


Klaus OehlerGermany, 2004


Len & Karen OlsenFlorida, 2014


Arnold OostraColombia, 2007


Frank M. OppenheimOhio, 1995


Kazuhiko OtaJapan, 2014

Maria Virginia Pachedo DaziBrazil, 2004


Maria José PaloBrazil, 1997


Helmut PapeGermany, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006


Kelly ParkerTennessee, 1991; Michigan, 1995, 1996, 1999


Charls PearsonGeorgia, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011


Jamin PelkeyCanada, 2014


William PencakPennsylvania, 2002


Xu PengChina, 2006, 2007, 2008


David E. PfeiferIllinois, 2004, 2005


Ahti PietarinenFinland, 2005, 2014


Jorge PiresBrazil, 2014


Francesco PoggianiItaly, 2010


Mark PollockMissouri, 1998, 2004


Simon PolovinaUK, 1994

Alvaro João QueirozBrazil, 1998, 2012

Joseph RansdellTexas, 2004


Lucy RansdellCalifornia, 2012


Nacho RedondoSpain, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009


George ReischIllinois, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2006


Daniel RellstabSwitzerland, 2003, 2004


Andrew ReynoldsCanada, 1996


Don D. RobertsCanada, 1997, 1998


Richard S. RobinMassachusetts, 1998


Cassiano Tera RodriguesBrazil, 2004


Ramón Rodriguez AguileraSpain, 2004, 2005


Vinicius RomaniniBrazil, 2005, 2014


John Minor RossIndiana, 1992, 2006


Lainie RossIllinois, 2004


Luca RussoGermany, 2010


Henrik RydenfeltFinland, 2008

Vera SallerSwitzerland, 2014


Magnolia Ryane Andrade dos SantosBrazil, 1994, 1995


Rebecca SchiffmillerMassachusetts, 2004


Jerome B. SchneewindJohns Hopkins, 1991, 1998


Lorenz SchulzGermany, 1988


Ralph SchumacherGermany, 1992


Charles SeibertOhio, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010


Michael ShapiroNew York, 1990


Seth SharplessColorado, 2001


Du Shi-HongChina, 2011


Tom ShortNew Jersey, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008


Waldomino José da SilvaBrazil, 2004


Tiago da Costa e SilvaBerlin, 2014


Lauro Frederico Barboso da SilveiraBrazil, 2005


Steven SkaggKentucky, 2004


Christoph SkowronskiPoland, 2001


Howard A. SmithCanada, 1992


Dorothea SophiaAustralia, 2010


C.M. “Michael” Sperberg-McQueenIllinois, 1997


George StickelIowa, 1991


Frederik StjernfeltDenmark, 1997


Christian StrubGermany, 2003, 2005


Patrick SullivanMaryland, 2000

Nlandu TambaLouisiana & Zaire, 1992


Ero & Eila TarastiFinland, 1992


Skip Theberge 2004


Pirjo-Maija ToivonenFinland, 1988


Alessandro TopaGermany, 2007


Richard Tursman 1994

Danny VegaSouth Carolina, 2014


Ana J. M. B. VellosoBrazil, 1994


José VericatSpain, 1991


Jérôme VogelQuébec, 2008

Eric WallichFrance, 1994


Elisabeth Walther-BenseGermany, 1988, 2000


Christine WertheimLondon, 1991, 1992, 1999


Donna WestNew York, 2014


Jim WibleNew Hampshire, 2006, 2010


Norbert WileyIllinois, 1991


Perry WillettIndiana, 1997


Mara WoodsIndiana, 2012

Shea ZellwegerOhio, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2007


Liuhua ZhangChina, 2015


Lianglin ZhangChina, 2015


Walther Ch. ZimmerliGermany, 1997

Indianapolis Peirce Seminar Series


“Science does not advance by revolutions, warfare, and cataclysms, but by coöperation, by each researcher's taking advantage of his predecessors' achievements, and by his joining his own work in one continuous piece to that already done.”

Charles S. Peirce, R 428, CP 2.157, 1902

The Indianapolis Peirce Seminar was created in the fall of 1999. Professor Helmut Pape gave the inaugural lecture on 14 October 1999, on “The Ontology of Emergent Time: Peirce in 1898”—a fitting celebration of the centennial of Peirce’s evolutionary cosmology, and of its ability to live up to the promise explicitly stated in Peirce’s pragmatism: “to clarify and explain the overall and pervasive features of reality in terms of the relational structures and concepts implicit in all experience” (as Pape put it at the end of that inaugural talk).

The purpose of the seminar is to enable visiting scholars, from budding to well established, to present their work to a specialized audience that has a strong interest in the work of Charles S. Peirce. It meets on an irregular basis (depending on visiting scholars’ readiness and availability) at the offices of the Peirce Edition Project: 902 West New York Street, ES 0010, Indianapolis, IUPUI campus.

To receive advance notice of talks by email please contact the organizer, Professor André De Tienne.

We list below, in reverse chronological order, the 62 presentations that have so far been made in this special venue. There was no presentation in 2014, the year of Peirce’s Centennial.


List of Speakers 1999–present


Vera Saller (Zurich, Switzerland), May 2013:
“Perceptual Experience in Contemporary Philosophical Debates in Peirce and Psychoanalysis.”


Donna West (SUNY, Cortland), April 2013:
“The Operation of Secondness in Attentional Schemas.”


William James McCurdy (Idaho State University), March 2013:
“Peirce’s Composability-of-Relations Thesis: A Proof in the Combinatorial Topology of the Logic of Relations.”

Jeffrey Downard, October 2012:
“Pain and Pleasure: Mill’s Utilitarianism rebutted by Peirce’s Phenomenology”


Giovanni Maddalena (Univ. of Molise, Italy), March 2012:
“Thinking by Gestures. A Pragmatist Approach to Creativity”


João Queiroz (Institute of Arts and Design, Federal Uni. of Juiz de Fora, Brazil), February 2012:
“Operational Iconicity and Creative Translation”

Iris Smith Fischer (University of Kansas) April 2011:
“Charles Peirce, Steele MacKaye, and the ‘Semiotics of the Shoulder’”


David L. Marshall (Kettering University; Bielefeld University), March 2011:
“Max Harold Fisch, A Paradigm for Intellectual Historians”


Irving H. Anellis (Peirce Edition) March 2011:
“How Peircean was the ‘Fregean’ Revolution in Logic.”

Francesco Poggiani (Universita' Degli Studi di Milano, Italy), November 2010:
“Can We Take Credit for Being Reasonable? The Experience of Reasonableness”


Daniel Kersting (Philipps University Marburg), September 2010:
“Interpreting Dead Bodies: A Peircean Approach”


Charles Seibert (University of Cincinnati), September 2010:
“Charles Peirce’s Reading of Schiller’s Aesthetic Letters”


Cathy Legg (University of Waikato, New Zealand), June 2010:
“The Hardness of the Iconic Must: Can Peirce’s Existential Graphs Assist Modal Epistemology?”


Jim Wible (University of New Hampshire), April 2010:
“Peirce, Newcomb, Ely and the Issues Surrounding the Creation of the American Economic Association in the 1880s”


Susan Haack (University of Miami), February 2010:
“Pragmatism, Then and Now”


Ana Maria Guimaraes Jorge (FAAP-SP and PUC-SP, Brasil), January 2010:
“Mental Action and the Pre-Gnosiological Basis for the Proto-Diagram Concept”

John Shook (Center for Inquiry Transnational / University at Buffalo), December 2009:
“Peircean Arguments for God and Current Theological Strategies”


Josiah Lee Auspitz (Peirce Edition Project) December 2009:
“The Semiotic Switch: a computational embodiment of sign element theory (stechiotic), with illustrative applications”


Randy Auxier (Southern Illinois University,Carbondale), November 2009:
“Two Kinds of Pragmatism.”


Priscila Borges (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil), April 2009:
“Charles S. Peirce’s 66 Classes of Signs with the SignTree Model”

Hélio Rebello (São Paulo State Uni. [UNESP]/Center for Pragmatism Studies [PUC]), December 2008:
“Peirce’s Concept of Continuity”


Ivor Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex University, London), June 2008:
“Solving Wigner’s Mystery: The Reasonable (Though Perhaps Limited) Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences”


Mats Bergman (University of Helsinki / Arcada University of Applied Sciences), June 2008:
“Jumping over the Moon: Anthropomorphism in Peirce’s Pragmatism”


Henrik Rydenfelt (University of Helsinki), April 2008:
“Peirce and James on Experience”


Tom Short (Chairman PEP Board of Advisors) April 2008:
“Semeiotic’s Significance”

Michael Brodrick (Vanderbilt University), March 2008:
“Aging and Spirituality”


Vincent Colapietro (Pennsylvania State University), February 2008:
“The Tyranny of Method: A Pragmatic Defense of Philosophical Pluralism”


Francesca Bordogna (Northwestern University), February 2008:
“The Philosopher’s Place: William James, Hugo Münsterberg, and the Geography of Knowledge”

Arnold Oostra (U. of Tolima, Ibague, Colombia), October 2007:
“On Intuitionistic Existential Graphs”


Maria Luisi (U. of Milan, Italy), August 2007:
“In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Realism”


Marco Annoni (U. of Pisa, Italy), July 2007:
“On a Quest for a Definition: How Synechism can Improve the Success of Inquiry?”


Xu Peng (Zhengzhou University and Fudan University), June 2007:
“Peirce Research in China”


Ignacio Redondo (University of Navarra), May 2007:
“Synechism, Love, and Dissemination: A Guess at the Riddle on the Philosopohy of Communication”


Giovanni Maddalena (University of Molise), January 2007:
“Countering Rorty: Ethics in Wittgenstein, Dewey, and Peirce”

Mats Bergman (University of Helsinki), October 2006:
“Common Sense, Critical Intelligence, and Effective Desires: C. S. Peirce on Scientific Ideals and Philosophical Practices”


Helmut Pape (Bamberg University), June 2006:
“Why Knowing Individuals Matters: Steps toward a Peircean Methodology of Identical Signs”


Vitaly V. Kiryushchenko (St. Petersburg State School of Economics, Russia), April 2006:
“Charles S. Peirce and Classical Rationalism: Some Semiotic Aspects of the Problem of Objective Motivation”


James R. Wible (University of New Hampshire), April 2006:
“Peirce on Economics, Pragmatism, and the Economics of Research”


James Hoopes (Kettering University and Babson College), April 2006:
“Peirce and Business Management”

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (University of Turku and University of Helsinki), December 2005:
“Graphs, Games, and Pragmaticism’s Proof”


Irving H. Anellis (Brandeis University), November 2005:
“Some Views of Russell and Russell’s Logic by His Contemporaries with Particular Reference to Peirce”


James Liszka (University of Alaska Anchorage), November 2005:
“What is Pragmatic Ethics?”


Lauro Frederico Barbosa da Silveira (State University of São Paulo, Marília, Brazil), September 2005:
“Dialoguing with an Evolutionary Amazon”


Jaime Nubiola (Universidad de Navarra, Spain) August 2005:
“The Classification of the Sciences and Cross-Disciplinarity according to Peirce”


Ramón Rodríguez Aguilera (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain), August 2005:
“Peirce and Spinoza”


Ciano Aydin (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), April 2005:
“Nietzsche and Peirce on Identity and Interaction”

Cassiano Rodrigues (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo), August 2004:
“Peirce’s Rationale behind the Classification of the Sciences”


Ivo Ibri (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo), February 2004:
“Reflections on a Poetic Ground in Peirce’s Philosophy”

Joseph Ransdell (Texas Tech University), September 2003:
“The Logic of Research Acceptance and Its Implications for Publication Practices”


Klaus Oehler and Maria Liatsi (Universität Hamburg), March 2003:
“Peirce and Ancient Philosophy”


Maria de Lourdes Bacha, (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo), January 2003:
“The Evolution of Peirce’s Concept of Induction”

Giovanni Maddalena (University of Rome), March 2002:
“Rational Instinct and Doubts on Pragmatism”

François Latraverse (Université du Québec à Montréal), September 2001:
“A Peircean Glance at Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”


Justus Lentsch (Universität Hannover), May 2001:
“On Some Aspects of the Pragmatic Maxim”


Mathias Girel (Université Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne), April 2001:
“Belief and Conduct: Peirce and the Pragmatists”


Tom Short (Independent Scholar), February 2001:
“Peirce’s Assassins”

Carl Hausman (Penn State University), October 2000:
“The Phenomenological and Metaphysical Functions of Charles Peirce’s Categories”


Christopher Hookway (University of Sheffield), September 2000:
“Truth and Reality: Putnam and the Pragmatist Conception of Truth”

Floyd Merrell (Purdue University), November 1999:
“Ahead of His Time: Remarks on Peirce and Topology, the Logic of Discovery, Three-Valued Logic, and Pragmatism”


Paul Forster (University of Toronto), November 1999:
“The Logic of Pragmatism: A Neglected Argument for Peirce’s Pragmatic Maxim”


Priscilla Farias (University of São Paulo), November 1999:
“On Diagrams for Peirce’s 10, 28, and 66 Classes of Signs”


Helmut Pape (Universität Hannover), October 1999:
“The Ontology of Emergent Time: Peirce in 1898”

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