ISBN : 9780198753230
This study develops resources in the work of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) for the purposes of contemporary philosophy. It contextualizes Peirce's prevailing influences and provides greater context in relation to the currents of nineteenth-century thought. Dr Gary Slater articulates 'a nested continua model' for theological interpretation, which is indebted to Peirce's creation of 'Existential Graphs', a system of diagrams designed to provide visual representation of the process of human reasoning. He investigates how the model can be applied by looking at recent debates in historiography. He deals respectively with Peter Ochs and Robert C. Neville as contemporary manifestations of Peircean philosophical theology. This work concludes with an assessment of the model's theological implications.
Introduction: What is the Nested Continua Model?
1. Peirce in Context
2. Nested Continua in Context
3. Toward a Peircean Philosophy of History
4. The Status of History in Peter Ochs's Scriptural Reasoning
5. The Status of Time in Robert C. Neville's Axiology of Thinking
6. Trajectories of Peircean Philosophical Theology
7. The Theological Implications of Nested Continua
Conclusion: Further Applications