An Hegelian in Strange Costume? On Peirce’s Relation to Hegel I



This paper considers the relation between the American pragmatist Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) and the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831). While Peirce engaged with Hegel’s thought quite extensively, his often critical comments on the latter have made it hard to see any genuine common ground between the two; recent ways of reading Hegel, however, suggest how this might be possible, where the connections between their respective metaphysical positions and views of the categories are explored here. Issues relating to their epistemology and philosophies of languages are considered in a companion article.