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The Heuristic Power of Agapism in Peirce’s Philosophy

Ivo Assad Ibri


The first part of this essay provides an analysis of the text “The Law of Mind”, in which Peirce theorizes about the power of growth and spreading of ideas and also presents his response to the classic question about how mind can influence matter. We intended to show, from an analysis focused on the dual semantic meaning of the word “affect”, how the author’s rupture with the Cartesian dualism between mind and matter implies in a substantial identity between ideality and reality by means of a metaphysical merging of realism and idealism, where matter is taken to be only a special case of mind. The second part shows how the forms of evolutionism are drawn from the three categories, highlighting the agapism, the doctrine of cosmic and creative love. Finally, we shall argue on how the association between realism and idealism, as well as the considerations of the author’s evolutionism, constitute vital aspects for the justification of the historical success of our human capacity for conjecturing, viz., for proposing successful hypothesis to explain the facts.

Parole chiave

Peirce; Mind; Matter; Idealism; Realism; Evolutionism; Agapism; Heuristic

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Nóema - Rivista online di filosofia
Codice ISSN 2239-5474
Registrazione presso il Tribunale di Milano n. 260 del 10/05/2011

Rossella Fabbrichesi, Carlo Sini

Andrea Parravicini

Coordinatore editoriale
Enrico Redaelli

Eleonora Buono, Paolo Beretta, Florinda Cambria, Camilla Pagani, Andrea Parravicini, Enrico Redaelli, Maurizio Scandella

Comitato scientifico
Charles Alunni (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris), Antonio Attisani (Università di Torino), Francesca Bonicalzi (già Università di Bergamo), Rosa Maria Calcaterra (Università di Roma 3) Alessando Carrera (University of Houston), Vincent Colapietro (Pennsylvania State University), Umberto Curi (Università di Padova), Carmine Di Martino (Università di Milano), Sergio Givone (già Università degli Studi di Firenze), Frédéric Gros (Institut d'études politiques de Paris/SciencesPo), Ivo Assad Ibri (Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo), Enrico Guglielminetti (Università di Torino), Giacomo Marramao (Università di Roma 3), Salvatore Natoli (già Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca), Rocco Ronchi (Università dell'Aquila), Barbara Stiegler (Université de Bordeaux-Montaigne/Institut Universitaire de France), Lorenzo Vinciguerra (Università d'Amiens/EHESS), Vincenzo Vitiello (già Università di Salerno)