, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 519–522 | Cite as

Peirce’s phenomenology

Richard Kenneth Atkins: Charles S. Peirce’s phenomenology: Analysis and consciousness. Oxford University Press, New York, 2018, x + 255 pp, £47.99 HB
  • Sami PihlströmEmail author
Book Review

Charles S. Peirce (1839–1914), celebrated as one of the greatest American philosophers and one of the founders of pragmatism and semiotics (among other things), is usually not mentioned among the classical figures of phenomenology. However, Peirce did develop a unique brand of phenomenology of his own. While scholars have for a long time drawn serious attention to his phenomenology, which he also labeled “phaneroscopy,” Richard Kenneth Atkins’s volume is an impressive novel interpretation of this area of Peirce’s thought. By no means is Atkins’s scholarly achievement confined to Peirce exegesis. On the contrary, he demonstrates the lasting relevance of Peirce’s phenomenological insights, especially regarding contemporary philosophy of mind and perception. Drawing from both well-known published writings and less accessible manuscript sources, this is a remarkable book, considerably enhancing our understanding of how exactly Peirce’s phenomenology plays a key role in his general...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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