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A Scientist's Voice in American CultureSimon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method$
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Albert Moyer

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520076891

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520076891.001.0001

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Interactions with Wright and Peirce

Interactions with Wright and Peirce

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(p.52) Chapter IV Interactions with Wright and Peirce
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A Scientist's Voice in American Culture
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Albert E. Moyer

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0004

This chapter discusses Newcomb's interactions as a young man with Chauncey Wright and Charles Sanders Peirce. It is difficult to distinguish the influence on Newcomb of Comte, Darwin, and Mill from the influence of his colleague and friend, Chauncey Wright (1830–1875). The confusion results because Wright advocated elements from the outlooks of all three of the European thinkers. Charles Peirce once characterized Wright, for example, as being “one of the most acute of the followers of J. S. Mill.” The issue of influence is further complicated in that ideas did not always flow from the older and more experienced philosopher, Wright, to the unseasoned newcomer. Although never a match for Wright in philosophical breadth and subtlety, Newcomb contributed, at least on one occasion, to the developing ideas of the two men.

Keywords:   Simon Newcomb, Chauncey Wright, Charles Sanders Peirce

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