Almeder, Robert F. The Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce: A Critical Introduction. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1980. An analysis of Peirce’s philosophy, stressing his epistemological realism, which contains a perceptive and detailed discussion of his theory of knowledge.
Brent, Joseph. Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993. A study emphasizing how Peirce’s dandy-like, almost demonic personality undermined his professional achievements but influenced the evolution of his ideas.
Conkin, Paul K. Puritans and Pragmatists: Eight Eminent American Thinkers. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1968. One of the finest overviews of American intellectual history. Places Peirce within the context of the development of American thought between Jonathan Edwards and George Santayana.
Corrington, Robert S. An Introduction to C. S. Peirce: Philosopher, Semiotician, and Ecstatic Naturalist. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1993. Begins with a brief biography contrasting personal failure with intellectual genius. Explores pragmatism, semiotics (particularly Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness), and the evolution of Darwin’s ideas and Peirce’s metaphysical categories.
Goudge, Thomas A. The Thought of C. S. Peirce. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1950. One of the most perceptive studies of Peirce’s thought. Sees Peirce’s...
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