The Published Works of Charles Sanders Peirce, digital 3rd edition with
A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles Sanders Peirce
with a Bibliography of Secondary Studies, 1st and 2nd edition
By Kenneth Laine Ketner

This third edition and second edition of this title appears in digital format on the website ( of the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.


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Peirce's Century Dictionary Definitions


Peirce wrote a great many definitions for the Century Dictionary. View a list in pdf format of Peirce's Century Dictionary definitions extracted from A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles Sanders Peirce. Find the word of interest in this list, then go to the URL below to view Peirce's definition.


The complete Century Dictionary is available online at Notice that a CD-ROM of the Century Dictionary is available.


Selected Readings from the Works of Charles Sanders Peirce

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!

To simplify page navigation, we have separated readings into sets. You may use the links below to jump to a particular set of readings, or utilize your browser's "Find" function to search the page for a particular word or phrase.


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.


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

**Updated 2015-07-14** 


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** 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Recent Collection Additions

KIRCHNER, Friedrich. Katechismus der Logik. Leipzig: J.J. Weber, 1881

MONCK, W.H.S. Introduction to the Critical Philosophy, for the Use of Students. Dublin: University Press, 1874

HINTON, James. Chapters on the Art of Thinking and Other Essays. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1879

DAY, Henry N. The Science of Aesthetics; or The Nature, Kinds, Laws, and Uses of Beauty. New Haven, Conn: Charles C. Chatfield & Co., 1872

RAY, Prasanna K. A Text-Book of Deductive Logic for the Use of Students,. London: Macmillan & Co. 1886. Second Edition, reprinted.

MONCK, W. H. S. An Introduction to Logic. Dublin: University Press, 1890. Second Edition.

CLAYBOROUGH, Arthur. The Grotesque in English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965

NAHIN, Paul J. The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age. Princeton University Press, 2013

SHEETS, Maxine. The Phenomenology of Dance. Madison and Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin Press, 1966

KANTOR, J. R. The Logic of Modern Science. The Principia Press, Inc., 1953

KRAMER, Edna E. The Main Stream of Mathematics: From the Earliest Beginnings to the Age of Relativity. The Scholar’s Bookshelf, 1988

BOYER, Carl B. History of Analytical Geometry: Its Development from the Pyramids to the Heroic Age. The Scholar’s Bookshelf, 1988

BRIDGES, Douglas S. Computability: A Mathematical Sketchbook. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1994

BOOLOS, G. S., BURGESS, J. P., JEFFERY, R.C. Computability and Logic. Cambridge: The Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 2002. Fourth Edition

CORI, R., LASCAR, D. Mathematical Logic, Pt. 1: Propositional Calculus, Boolean Algebras, Predicate Calculus, Completeness Theorems. Oxford: University Press, 2000

CORI, R., LASCAR, D. Mathematical Logic, Pt. 2: Recursion Theory, Gödel’s Theorems, Set Theory, Model Theory. Oxford: University Press, 2000

BLYTH, T.S., ROBERTSON, E.F. Basic Linear Algebra. London: Springer-Verlag, 1998

CLIFFORD, William Kingdon (1845-1879) et al. “Atoms” [in bound collection of scientific lectures by various authors]. London: John Heywood, 1870-1886. Series: Science Lectures for the People.

DIRAC, Paul Adrian Maurice. The Principles of Quantum Mechanics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1959). Fourth Edition, reprinted. Series: The International Series of Monographs on Physics.

FARADAY, Michael. Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics, Vol. III. New York: Dover, (1965).

FARADAY, Michael. Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics. Brussels: Culture et Civilisation, 1969. Facsimile reprint of 1859 edition (London: Richard Taylor and William Francis).

FLUDD, Robert. Robert Fludd and His Philosophicall Key, Being a Transcription of the Manuscript at Trinity College, Cambridge. With an introduction by Allen G. Debus. New York: Science History, (1979). Series: Primary Sources from the Scientific Revolution.

HESSE, Mary B. Models and Analogies in Science. (Notre Dame, IA): University of Notre Dame Press, (1970). Second printing.

JACOBI, C.G.J. Mathematische Werke, Band III. Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1871.

KEPLER, Johannes. Kepler's Somnium: The Dream, or Posthumous Work on Lamar Astronomy. Translated, with a community, by Edward Rosen. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.

LAPLACE, Pierre-Simon. Euvres Completes de Laplace, publiees sons les auspices de l'Academie des Sciences, par Mm. Les Secretaires Perpetuels. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1873. 5 volumes.

LAPLACE, Pierre-Simon. Philosophical Essay on Probabilities. Translated from the fifth French edition of 1825 by Andrew I. Dale. New York: Springer-Verlag, (1995). Series: Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, 13.

[LOTZE, Hermann (1817-1881)] Johannes WAHN. Kritik der Lehre Lotzkes von der menschlichen Wahlfreiheit. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung der Doktorwurde, genebmigt von der philosophischen fakultatder Derinigten friedrichs-Universitat halle-Wittenberg. Halle: Heynenmann'sche, 1888.

OSTWALD, Wilhelm. L'Evolution de l'Electrochimie. Traduit de l'Allemand par E. Philippi. Paris: Felix Alcan, 1912. Second edition.

OSTWALD, Wilhelm. Vorlesungen Uber Naturphilosophie Gehalten im Sommer 1901 an der Univeritat Leipzig. Leipzig: Veit, 1902.

OSTWALD, Wilhelm. Die Wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Analytischen Chemie. Elementar Dargestellt. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1897.

SILLIMAN, Benjamin. First Principles of Chemistry, for the Use of Colleges and Schools. Philadelphia: Loomis & Peck, 1847.

TURNER, Gerard l'E. Nineteenth-Century Scientific Instruments. (Berkley & Los Angeles): University of California Press, (1983).

[VON HELMHOLTZ, Hermann] Gregor SCHIEMANN. Herman von Helmhotlz's Mechanism: The Loss of Certainty. A Study on the Transition from Classical to Modern Philosophy of Nature. Translated by Cynthia Klohr. (New York): Springer, (2009). Series: Archimedes: New Studies in the History of Science and Technology, 17.

[WEDGWOOD, Josiah] Samuel SMILES. Josiah Wedgwood, F.R.S: His personal History. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895.

WHEWELL, William. The Doctrine of Limits, with Its Applications: Namely, Conic Sections, the First Three Sections of Newton, The Differential Calculus. A portion of a course of university education. Cambridge, London: J. and J.J. Denton, John W. Parker, 1838.

WHEWELL, William. An Elementary Treatise on Mechanics: Designed for Use of Students in the University. Cambridge, UK; J. Smith for J. and J.J. Deighton and G.B. Whittaker, 1828. Third edition, with improvements and additions.

WIEDEMANN, Gustav. Die Lehre von Galvanismus und Elektromagnetismus. Erster Band: Galvanismus; [with] Die Lehre von de Wirkungen des Galvanischen Stromes in Die Ferne, Zweiter Band: Elektrodynamik, Electromagnetismus, Diamagnetismus, Induction and Schlusscapitel. Braunschweig: Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, 1863. Series: Die Lehre vom Galvanismus und Elektromagnetismus, Vols. 1 & 2.


Recommended Books

  • Annotated Catalog of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce (Worcester: University of Massachusetts Press, 1967)

  • Chance, Love and Logic (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998)

  • Charles S. Peirce and the Philosophy of Science -- Papers from the Harvard Sesquicentennial Congress (Tuscalosa: University of Alabama Press, 1993)

  • Charles Sanders Peirce: Contributions to "The Nation" (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1987

  • A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles Sanders Peirce (Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1986)

  • Contemporary Essays on Charles S. Peirce (Beaumont, Lamar University Center for Philosophical Studies, 1996)

  • Elements of Logic (Lubbock: Arisbe Associates, 1996)

  • Elements of Knowledge (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1997)

  • From Time and Chance to Consciousness: Studies in the Metaphysics of Charles Peirce (Oxford: Berg, 1994)

  • His Glassy Essence (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1998)

  • Historical Perspectives on Peirce's Logic of Science: A History of Science (Berlin: Mouton, 1976)

  • Living Doubt: Essays Concerning the Epistomology of Charles S. Peirce (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1994)

  • The Message in the Bottle (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974)

  • The New Elements of Mathematics by Charles S. Peirce (The Hague: Mouton, 1976)

  • Peirce and Contemporary Thought (New York: Fordham, 1995)

  • Peirce and Law: Issues in Pragmatism, Legal Realism, and Semiotics (New York: Peter Lang, 1991)

  • Peirce and Value Theory: On Peircean Ethics and Aesthetics (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1994)

  • Peirce Studies

    1. Studies in Peirce's Semiotic: A Symposium by Members of the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism(Lubbock: Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, 1979)

    2. Peirce's Conception of God: A Developmental Study (Lubbock: Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, 1984)

    3. Peirce's Theory of Scientific Discovery: A System of Logic Conceived as Semiotic (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987)

    4. The Semeiosis of Poetic Metaphor (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988)

    5. Peirce's Philosophy of Religion (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989)

    6. Charles Sanders Peirce Memorial Appreciation (Elsah: The Press of Arisbe Associates, 1999)

    7. C.S. Peirce's System of Science: Life as a Laboratory (Elsah: The Press of Arisbe Associates, 2006)

    8. Semiotic and Significs: The Correspondence between Charles S. Peirce and Victoria Lady Welby (Elsah: The Press of Arisbe Associates, 2001)

  • A Peircean Reduction Thesis (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1991)

  • Peirce's Doctrine of Signs: Theory, Applications, and Connections (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994)

  • Peirce's Theory of Scientific Discovery (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987)

  • Pragmatism as a Principle and a Method of Right Thinking (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997)

  • Proceedings of the C.S. Peirce Bicentennial International Congress (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1981)

  • Reasoning and the Logic of Things: The Cambridge Lectures of 1898 by Charles Sanders Peirce (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992)

  • Religious Dimensions of Peirce's Thought (Beaumont: Lamar University Center for Philosophical Studies, 1996)

  • The Semeiosis of Poetic Metaphor (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988)

  • Studies in the Logic of Charles Sanders Peirce (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997)

  • Studies in the Scientific and Mathematical Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce: Essays by Carolyn Eisele (The Hague: Mouton, 1979)


Peirce References

This page highlights instances where Charles S. Peirce has been referenced in the literature. New passages are added as they become available.

Where do new hypotheses come from? In the nineteenth century, the philosopher C. S. Peirce coined the term "abduction" to refer to the formation of explanatory hypotheses, and computational research on abduction is growing rapidly (Josephson, Chandrasekaran, Smith, and Tanner 1987; O'Rorke, Morris, and Schulenberg 1990; Peng and Reggia 1990; Pople 1977; Thagard 1988).
(Page 9)

Although Hegel's epistemological and historical views influenced thinkers as diverse as Karl Marx and C. S. Peirce, his account of concepts seems to have had little effect.
(Page 16)

The problem of inference to explanatory hypotheses had a long history in philosophy and a much shorter one in psychology and artificial intelligence. Scientists and philosophers have long considered the evaluation of theories on the basis of their explanatory power. In the late nineteenth century, C. S. Peirce discussed two forms of inference to explanatory hypotheses: hypothesis, which involved the acceptance of hypotheses, and abduction, which involved merely the initial formation of hypotheses (Peirce 1931-1958; Thagard 1988)
(Page 62)

When Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions first appeared in 1962, it lit a bonfire under the philosophy of science and has easily been the most widely read work in the field over the past decades. Credit is due Kuhn (along with others such as N. R. Hanson and Stephen Toulmin) for redirecting philosophy of science away from the arid logical analyses of scientific concepts toward greater consideration of the dynamics of science as seen in its history. Kuhn helped to revitalize the study of conceptual change in science that had lain dormant in Anglo-American philosophy since the great nineteenth-century thinkers William Whewell and C. S. Peirce.
(Page 108)

As we saw in Chapter 3, C. S. Peirce used the term "abduction" to refer to the formation of explanatory hypotheses.
(Page 121)

Conceptual Revolutions
Paul Thagard
Princeton University Press, 1992
ISBN 0-691-02490-1

In the late 19th century, Charles S. Peirce discovered the truth-functional interpretation of classical sentential logic. He also discovered two binary truth functions each of which is sufficient alone to express all others.

Peirce first considered joint denial. (Page 310)

Peirce's Law: ((A→B)→A)→A (Page 316)

Combinatory Logic: Pure, Applied and Typed
Katalin Bimbo
CRC Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4398-0000-3

In late June 1942, Mills wrote to Daniel Bell at the New Leader, asking to review Paths of Life by Charles W. Morris, which had just been published by Harper and Brothers. Mills, who was spending the summer in Madison, explained that he was then immersed in pragmatic literature. In an earlier letter to Bell, dated June 18, 1942, Mills described his doctoral dissertation: “I think I told you that I am finishing up this fall, maybe, a sociology of knowledge of pragmatism: from Peirce thru Dewey to Mead. I'm on page 570 and my wife is yelling to stop it, as she is the only one who can read my handwriting (typing). Anyway in this I trace Dewey's stands (political) down the line and, in conjunction with the position on logic, and theory of valuation, impute him socially. Pan-logism is a type of formal left wingism; its formality is what is at issue politically and it is this which must be explained in terms of the whole situation of American ‘progressivism.’ ”(Page 49)

My formal training at the University of Texas was primarily in American philosophy and modern logic. I took an M.A. degree in these fields. The men with whose work I spent my time at Texas were the pragmatists, especially Charles S. Peirce and G. H. Mead. (page 80)

in C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings
Ed. Kathryn Mills with Patricia Mills

Introduction by Dan Wakefield

University of California Press
ISBN: 0-520-23209-7

"Before this, there had always been individual souls who had gone their own way and found their own heaven, no matter how solitary the path or unfashionable the destination: Hawthorne, Melville, Ryder, Eakins, Newman, Blakelock, Peirce, Emily Dickinson, Henry James; outcasts, recluses, exiles, leading lives of almost monastic devotion to their art."

Lewis Mumford - from My Works and Days: A Personal Chonicle - page 244

"That the creative minds of the Brown Decades were necessarily recluses, almost goes without saying: the cloister was a condition of their survival. Illness, testy recalcitrance, spiritual alienation were the price that they paid for their bare existence. Even if they raised their voices they could not be 'heard' by their contemporaries; or, if occasionally heard, like Charles Peirce, they could not be understood."

Lewis Mumford - from My Works and Days: A Personal Chonicle - page 254

"Had Spingarn risen to that opportunity, he would not have been alone. William James had recently uttered his diatribe against the Ph.D. octopus; Thorstein Veblen was soon to attack the Higher Learning; Patrick Geddes in Britain was calling for the 'University Militant.' What I am saying, I suppose, is that when Spingarn withdrew from the university it was still open to him to become another Nietzsche, another Charles Peirce, another Whitehead; to demonstrate by his own example the meaning of creativity, not only in literature or painting but in every realm that the mind could reach."

Lewis Mumford - from My Works and Days: A Personal Chonicle - page 511

"The solution to the riddle is to see that merely possible qualities are lacking in individual definiteness. There are no possible individuals, but only possible kinds of individuals, possibilities for further individuation. As Peirce insisted, possibility is in principle general rather than determinate. It is in some degree indefinite, and so, since value lies in harmonized contrasts and the more definite a thing is the richer the contrasts it can involve, it follows that possible worlds, really worldly possibilities or incompletely definite sorts of worlds, are less rich as objects of knowledge than actual worlds. Thus God does not possess actually all possible value simply by knowing all possibilities."

Charles Hartshorne - from A Natural Theology for Our Time, page 73

"The only twentieth-century philosopher who recalls Plato to any striking degree, Whitehead, returns to this vision, but frees it from the corruptions which 'Platonism' subjected it to, and makes far clearer in what the 'self-motion' or creativity of mind or soul consists, and far clearer that and how all motion of singular individuals, mere aggregates apart, is of this kind. The problem of 'matter' and 'space' ( or the 'receptacle' ) which Plato honestly admits deeply puzzles him, and which Aristotle seems to have thought he had intellectually mastered so far as this could be done, but which only a long painful process of collective inquiry could really illuminate, has at last proved not hopelessly recalcitrant to a genuinely platonic solution. Souls are indeed 'self-moved' ( which in Greek really meant, self-changed, i.e., creative ), and when ( with Leibniz ) we distinguish clearly between singulars or true individuals and aggregates, we can, as Plato apparently wished to do, see all motion as soul motion. We can also (with Fechner, Lequier, Varisco, Peirce, Bergson, Whitehead) see all causality as involving a kind of transcendence of merely mechanical order---some injection, however slight, of strictly unforeseeable novelty of concrete form, which will subsequently influence all future changes."

Charles Hartshorne - from A Natural Theology for Our Time, page 115



WYTNNYS provides resources for the study of the life and works Charles Sanders Peirce (1839 -1914) through the works of Kenneth Laine Ketner.  The website is named for LeRoi Wyttnys, whose being is that of a fictional French/Welsh centenarian, student and friend of Charles Perice, with the world of His Glassy Essence:  An Autobiography of Charles Sanders Peirce by Kenneth Laine Ketner.