Habit in Peirce: a Review of Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit
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Studies and commentaries on Peirce’s notion of habit have been sporadic. One can mention in this regard recent works by Fernández (2010) and Nöth (2010). Most other treatments are either encyclopedia entries or complementary inclusions within a broader approach to Peircean sign theory. In-depth treatments of the Peircean concept of habit are sorely lacking, especially when compared to the monumental cumulus of studies on virtually all other aspects of Peircean theory. The anthology put together by West and Anderson (2016) is a significant attempt to fill this long-standing gap.
Perhaps the underlying reason for this neglect lies in the negative reverberations that the concept of habithas for many semioticians, considered to be part of behavior that falls somewhat outside the domain of semiosis, whereas the ability to think is guided by sign structures that are at once creative and undeterminable in habit-theory terms. However, as the West-Anderson collection conveys,...
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