Peirce’s Tychism

Absolute Contingency for our Transmodern World


Charles S. Peirce (1839–1914) proposed a complex pragmatic architectonics, with multiple information channels and nested control layers, constructed in order to understand the world simultaneously in its most abstract generality and its most concrete specificity. Subtended by five basic structural girders— the pragmatic(ist) maxim, the cenopythagorean categories, universal semeiotics, a dialectics of determination and indetermination, a triadic classification of sciences—Peirce’s system is particularly well attuned to an evolving comprehension of the World…