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Selected Readings

Welcome to the Selected Readings area of our website. Here you will find chapters of books written by Charles Sanders Peirce, his father Benjamin Peirce or books important for understanding the Peirces and the times in which they lived. We hope that you enjoy these readings and that they serve as resources to increase your understanding of Peirce and the Sciences to which he devoted his life's labors. Please check back regularly for updates!

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Readings Set 1: The items below comprise a list of works discussed in an extensive review article that appeared in The Edinburgh Review or Critical Journal for January ...... July, 1833, Volume LVII.

Hamilton, Bart., Sir William. Artis Logicae Rudimenta, with Illustrative Observations on each Section. Oxford:1828

Elements of Logic. By Richard Whately, D.D. Principal of St. Alban's Hall, and Late Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. London:1829

Introduction to Logic, from Dr. Whately's Elements of Logic. By the Rev. Samuel Hinds, M.A., of Queen's College, and Vice-Principal of St. Alban's Hall, Oxford. Oxford:1827

Outline of a New System of Logic with a Critical Examination of Dr. Whately's 'Elements of Logic,' by George Bentham, Esq. London:1827

An Examination of some Passages in Dr. Whately's Elements of Logic. By George Cornewall Lewis, Esq., Student of Christ Church. Oxford:1829

A Treatise on Logic on the Basis of Aldrich, with Illustrative Notes by the Rev. John Huyshe, M.A. Brazen-Nose College, Oxford. Oxford:1833

Questions on Aldrich's Logic, with References to the most Popular Treatises. Oxford: 1829

Key to Questions on Aldrich's Logic. Oxford:1829

Introduction to Logic Oxford:1830

Aristotle's Philosophy. (An Article in Vol. iii. of the Seventh Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, now publishing.) By the Rev. Renn Dickson Hampden, M.A., late Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.) Edinburgh:1832


Readings Set 2: The following items will eventually contain the complete texts in .pdf format.

**Updated 2015-07-14** Peirce, B. (1881). Ideality in the Physical Sciences. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. (incomplete - includes chapter 1 & 2)

Whately, D.D., R. (11th November 1842). On Instinct. A lecture delivered before the Dublin Natural History Society. (complete)

Cooke, Josiah Parsons, (1882) Scientific Culture, and Other Essays, London: Macmillan and Company (incomplete, updated with Ch. 1)

Hodges, N. D. C. (1892, September 23). Notes and News. Science: A Weekly Newspaper of All the Arts and Sciences, pp. 173. - a notice of the beginning of publication of Peirce's "The Critic of Arguments" probably written by Hodges. (complete)


Readings Set 3: The following items were posted on December 8, 2014.

Whatley, D.D. (1845). Elements of Logic, comprising the substance of the article in the Encyclopedia metropolitana: with additions. &c. Boston: James Munroe and Company. (incomplete)

**Updated 2016-02-26** Fechner, G. T. (1889). Elemente Der Psychophysik. Leipzig: Druck Und Verlag Von Breitkopf & Hartel (Selections from Volume 1 & Volume 2)

Lambert, Johann Heinrich Neus Organon ober Gedanten uber die Erforschung und Bezeichnung bez Wahren und bessen Unterscheidungdom Frrthum und Schein. (New Organon or Thoughts on the Study and Designation of the Real and its Distinction from Falsity and Appearance), Leipzig: 1764. (only these pages - complete)

Lambert, Johann Heinrich Unlage zur Architektonik, oder Theorie des Ersten und des Einfachen in der philosophisch und mathematischen Erkenntnis. (Appendix to an Architecture or Theory of the Simple and the Primary in philosophical and mathematical Knowledge), Riga: 1771. (only these pages - complete)

Cooke, Josiah Parsons, (1880) Religion and Chemistry: A Re-Statement of an Old Argument, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (incomplete)

James, Henry (1863). Substance and Shadow: or Morality and Religion in their relation to Life: An Essay upon The Physics of Creation. Boston: Ticknor and Fields (incomplete)

Clifford, W. K. (1885). The Common Sense of the Exact Sciences. New York: Appleton and Company. (incomplete)


Readings Set 4: The following items were posted on February 8, 2015.

Cooke, Josiah Parsons (1860) Elements of Chemical Physics. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. (Incomplete)

Douglas (Mrs.), Stair (1881) The Life and Selections from the Correspondence of William Whewell, D.D. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1 Paternoster Square. (Incomplete)

Lewis, C. I. (1918) A Survey of Symbolic Logic. Berekley: University of California Press. (Complete, Note: large file - 87 MB)


Readings Set 5: The following items were posted on July 14, 2015.

Agassiz, L. (1878) Methods of Study in Natural History. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood & Co.

Le Conte, J. (1881) Comte's Classification of the Sciences. The Berkeley Quarterly, 2(2), 97-117.

Royce, J. (1880) Natural Rights and Spinoza's Essay on Liberty. The Berkeley Quarterly, 1, 312-316.

Royce, J. (1880) The Nature of Voluntary Progress. The Berkeley Quarterly, 1(3), 161-189.


Readings Set 6: The following items were posted on February 2, 2016.

Ribot, Th. (1890) The Psychology of Attention. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company. (Incomplete)


Readings Set 7: The following items were posted on February 26, 2016.

Morse, Edward S. (1907) Jean Louis Rudolphe Agassiz. The Popular Science Monthly, Volume LXXI July to December, 542-549

Poincare, M. H. (1907). The Value of Science: Science and Reality. The Popular Science Monthly, Volume LXXI July to December, 53-65.

Wilder, Burt G. (1907) What We Owe To Agassiz. The Popular Science Monthly, Volume LXXI July to December, 5-20.


Readings Set 8: The following items were posted on May 23, 2016.

Thompson, Silvanus P. (1882). The Beats of Mistuned Consonances. The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XIII - Fifth Series, January-June 1882, January, Number LXXVIII, pp. 68-70.

Michelson, Albert A. (1882). Interference Phenomena in a new Form of Refractometer. The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XIII - Fifth Series, January-June 1882, April, Number LXXXI, pp. 236-242.

Thompson, Silvanus P. (1882). On the Electric Resistance of Carbon Under Pressure. The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XIII - Fifth Series, January-June 1882, April, Number LXXVI, pp. 262-265.

Thompson, Silvanus P. (1882). On the Function of the two Ears in the Perception of Space. The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XIII - Fifth Series, January-June 1882, January, Number LXXXIII, pp. 406-416.


Readings Set 9: The following items were posted on August 23, 2016.

Hunt, T. Sterry LL.D., F.R.S. (1883). A Classification of the Natural Sciences. The London, Edinburg and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XVII - Fifth Series, January - June 1884, January, Number CIII, pp. 74-78.

Sylvester, J.J. (1883). On the Solutions of a Class of Equations in Quaternions. The London, Edinburg and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XVII - Fifth Series, January - June 1884, May, Number CVII, pp. 392-397.

Thompson, Silvanus P. (1883). On the Adjustment of Resistance-Coils. The London, Edinburg and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XVII - Fifth Series, January - June 1884, April, Number CVI, pp. 265-270.


Readings Set 10: The following items were posted on September 1, 2016.

Tesla, Nikola (1896). Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency: A Lecture (Delivered Before The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London). New York: The W.J. Johnston Company.

Whately, D. D., Richard (1860) Easy Lessons on Reasoning. Third American from the Fifth London Edition. Boston and Cambridge: James Munroe and Company (Complete)



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