The Charles S. Peirce Society

The purpose of the Charles S. Peirce Society is to encourage study of and communication about the work of Charles S. Peirce and its ongoing influence in the many fields of intellectual endeavor to which he contributed.

Executive Committee

André De Tienne

Robert Neville

Richard Kenneth Atkins

Elected Members:
Gesche Linde
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

Transactions Editor-in-Chief:
Cornelis de Waal

Web Master:
Jérôme Vogel

Fellows of the
Charles S. Peirce Society

(living past Presidents):

Robert Almeder
Douglas Anderson
Karl Otto Apel
Richard J. Bernstein
Joseph Brent
Vincent Colapietro
Cornelius F. Delaney
Susan Haack
Carl R. Hausman
Risto Hilpinen
Christopher J. Hookway
Nathan Houser
Ivo Ibri
Kenneth L. Ketner
John Lachs
Larry Laudan
Isaac Levi
James Liszka
Cheryl Misak
Murray G. Murphey
Jaime Nubiola
Klaus Oehler
Andrew J. Reck
Nicholas Rescher
B. Gresham Riley
Don D. Roberts
Sandra B. Rosenthal
Lucia Santaella
Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou
Michael Shapiro
Thomas L. Short
Claudine Tiercelin

Questions about our web site? Contact Jerome Vogel.

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Membership in the Society is initiated by subscribing to its journal:

The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy.

Since its founding in 1965, this has been the premier peer-reviewed journal specializing in the history of American philosophy. Although named after the founder of American pragmatism, the Transactions covers all types of American thought, from the colonial period until the recent past.

2016-17 Peirce Society Essay Contest

The winner of this year's Essay Contest is Benoit Gaultier (Collège de France), for his paper "The Iconicity of Thought and its Moving Pictures: Following the Sinuosities of Peirce’s Path."

Honorable mentions: Jimmy Aames (IU Blioomington), "On the Double Function of the Interpretant," and Kenneth Boyd (Toronto), "Peirce, Ladd-Franklin, and the Development of the Proposition."

Dr. Gaultier will present his paper as part of the Peirce Society program at the 2017 APA Eastern Division meeting in Baltimore on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Calendar of Events on Pragmatism and American Philosophy
The Society maintains a calendar of meetings, conferences, workshops and other events pertaining to pragmatism and American philosophy.

The Charles S. Peirce Society was founded in 1946 by Frederic H. Young. The first President of the Society, elected in 1946, was Paul Weiss. Other early presidents include Carolyn Eisele, Charles Hartshorne, James K. Feibleman, Max Fisch, Thomas Goudge, Isabel Stearns, and Philip Wiener.

  • Complete list of Society Presidents
  • The story of the founding of the Society

    Annual Meeting
    Beginning in 2013, the Society will meet annually in conjunction with the meeting of the American Philosophical Association. The location of the meeting changes from year to year.

    The Society will hold its annual general meeting and two scholarly sessions at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, which occurs Jan. 4-7 in Baltimore, MD. See for registration, programme, and accommodations details.

    Fri., Jan. 6 1:30-4:30
    Charles S. Peirce Society Annual Meeting
    Chair: Robert C. Neville (Boston University)
    André De Tienne (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis) “The Role of Comparison in Peirce’s Early and Late Conception of the Interpretant”
    Winner of Peirce Essay Contest winner Benoit Gaultier (Collège de France), "The Iconicity of Thought and its Moving Pictures: Following the Sinuosities of Peirce’s Path"
    Business meeting
    Sat., Jan. 7 9-11
    Charles S. Peirce Society session: Emerging Peirce Scholarship
    Chiara Ambrosio (UCL), "Peirce's Classification of the Sciences and Historical Epistemology"
    Essay contest honorable mention recipient Jimmy Aames (IU Blioomington), "On the Double Function of the Interpretant"
    Essay contest honorable mention recipient Kenneth Boyd (Toronto), "Peirce, Ladd-Franklin, and the Development of the Proposition"
    Coordinates for both sessions can be found on the APA programme, linked above.

  • Agenda of the 2017 Meeting
  • Minutes of Previous Business Meetings

    Essay Contest
    The Society sponsors an annual essay contest. Graduate students and recent Ph.D. degree holders are invited to submit high-quality research papers on any aspect of Charles S. Peirce's work. The essay contest winner receives a monetary prize, is invited to present the essay at the annual meeting of the Society, and is allowed to submit it for publication in the Society's journal. Click here for more information, including a list of recent winning essays.

    International Advisory Committee
    The Peirce Society's International Advisory Committee is an international group of prominent scholars of Peirce, pragmatism, and American philosophy. Click here for more information.

    The Peirce Society is a member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP).

    Constitution of the Charles S. Peirce Society
    (amended December 28, 2008)

    Other Online Resources on Peirce, Pragmatism, American Philosophy, and Semiotics

    Associazione Pragma (Italy)

    Arisbe: The Peirce Gateway

    Centro de Estudos de Pragmatismo (CEP) (Brazil)

    The Charles S. Peirce Foundation

    The Commens Digital Companion to C. S. Peirce

    Grupo de Estudios Peirceanos (Spain) / The Peirce Studies Group (English)

    The Peirce Edition Project

    The Pragmatism Cybrary

    Semiotic Society of America

    Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy