Habit and Metaphor: Contextualizing the theories of Charles Peirce and Ludwig Wittgenstein

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2016 — 2017ongoing

In this project, the thought of the American philosopher, creator of semiotics and pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) is placed in the context of the few holistic theories competing in modern science. The abductive method of Peirce's pragmatism is compared to Ludwig Wittgenstein's (1889-1951) notion of the limitations of language. The two systems are increasingly considered together in the vein of analytical philosophy, showing a strong heuristic potential for the separation of meanings both in everyday life and in the higher realms of theory. The research team conducted original research and organized a discussion seminar for young humanities scholars. In addition, Aleksandar Feodorov completed a two-week specialization on "Yuri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture" at the University of Tartu.

Funding: BGN 7,500 under the Program for Support of Young Scientists and Doctoral Students at BAS