The Columns Museum - Charles Sanders Peirce

Charles Sanders Peirce is considered the founder of the philosophical study of pragmatism, he was a great thinker whose theories and ideas were years ahead of his time. Indeed, many of his ideas were not discussed, let alone read, until after the Second World War.

Peirce's seminal work in the area of pragmatism defined a method of sorting out conceptual confusions by relating meaning to consequences.

In his thinking, the truth, meaning, or value of ideas must be judged by their practical consequences. He focused upon practical results or values, and believed that knowledge comes from doing something to an object, then observing the results.

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Seeking to eliminate "fuzzy thinking" within the sciences by applying the scientific method and implementing structured experiments, his work influenced scholars, researchers, scientists, and academic minds from many of the disciplines including physics, mathematics, chemistry, phonetics, linguistics, logic, education, anthropology, theology, psychology, and social and natural science. Today, his methods are embraced universally by the academic community.

In truth, Charles S. Peirce provided a profound theoretical stimulus to 20th century thought, and was a "bridge" between the ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle and modern thinkers such as Albert Einstein and William James. Peirce, who was born in Massachusetts in 1839, moved to Milford, Pennsylvania, in 1887, where he lived until his death in 1914. His home, Arisbe, still stands on Route 6/209, about one mile east of The Columns.