' href="index.html?page=backend&format=rss&ident=1985" />

Piotr JanikCorresponding authorORCID id

Transcendent Action in the Light of C.S. Peirce's Architectonic System

12/1 - Spring 2007, pages 131-138
Date of online publication: 15 June 2007
Date of publication: 01 June 2007


The article presents the key problems relevant to the issue of “transcendent Action,” as Peirce calls it. The author focuses on the relation between “belief” and the “transcendentals:” unity, truth, goodness, and beauty, in their peculiar Peirceian context. He considers firstly “belief” in the sense of “an original impulse to act consistently, to have a definite intention” and, secondly, “Normative Science, which investigates the universal and necessary laws of the relation of Phenomena to Ends, that is, perhaps, to Truth, Right, and Beauty.” Finally, he considers Peirce's defense again two popular accusations: one on the part of the logicians which “confounds psychical truths with psychological truths,” and the second one regarding hedonism.


Cite this article

Janik, Piotr. “Transcendent Action in the Light of C.S. Peirce's Architectonic System.” Forum Philosophicum 12, no. 1 (2007): 131–8. doi:10.35765/forphil.2007.1201.09.


Boler, John F. Charles Peirce and Scholastic Realism. A Study of Peirce's Relation to John Duns Scotus. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1963.

Forster, Paul. “The Logic of Pragmatism: A Neglected Argument for Peirce’s Pragmatic Maxim.”, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39, no. 4 (2003): 525–555.

Hookway, Christopher. Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism. Themes from Peirce. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Houser, Nathan. “Peirce’s General Taxonomy of Consciousness.” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 19, no. 4 (1983): 331–360.

Nowak, Andrzej J. Świat człowieka: Znak, Wartość, Sztuka. Cracow: Collegium Columbinum, 2002.

Peirce, Charles S. Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce. Vols. 1–6, edited by Charles Hartshome and Paul Weiss. Vols. 7–8, edited by Arthur W. Burks. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press / Harvard University Press, 1960–1966.

Pierce, Charles S. The Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition. 6 vols. Vol. 1, edited by M. Fisch et at. Vol. 2, edited by E. C. Moore et al. Vols. 3–5, edited by C. Kloesel et al. Vol. 6, edited by the Peirce Edition Project. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1980–2000.

Potter, Vincent G. 1966, “Peirce’s Analysis of Normative Science.” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 2, no. 1 (1966): 5–33.

Potter, Vincent G. “Peirce on ‘substance’ and ‘foundations.’” Monist 75, no. 4 (1992): 492–513. doi:10.5840/monist199275429.

Skagestad, Peter. “Peirce’s Inkstand as an External Embodiment of Mind.” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35, no. 3 (1999): 551–562.